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  • Inconsistent criteria for ‘righteousness’

    Who is righteous enough for Yad Vashem raises a legitimate claim In the past few years, we at the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation have submitted a large number of well-documented dossiers to Yad Vashem dealing with hitherto unknown or poorly substantiated cases of rescue. A significant proportion of those cases were crowned with success, namely […]

  • Who left Raoul Wallenberg behind?

    Sixty-nine years after his disappearance, both Sweden and Russia have the chance to rehabilitate their shameful silence about the heroic diplomat. On January 17, 1945, 69 years ago, Raoul Wallenberg left Budapest, together with his personal driver, Vilmos Langfelder, for a meeting with the Soviet commander, Marshal Malinovsky, at Debrecen. Wallenberg’s idea was to discuss […]

  • Swedish king, U.S. treasury secretary unveil Raoul Wallenberg congressional gold medal

    Medal inscribed with ‘hero of heroes’ beneath the likeness of Swedish diplomat who rescued thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew unveiled the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal. The medal unveiled Thursday morning at the U.S. Treasury in Washington is inscribed with “hero […]

  • Remember Raoul Wallenberg

    In reaction to ”The woman who hid Anne Frank has died at the age of 100”, by Nir Chason (Ha’aretz, Jan 13, 2010). Both Miep Gies and her husband Ian, were heroes. Amidst a tangible risk to their own lives, they hid Anne Frank and her family. Gies’ death at the age of 100 is […]

  • We shall not give-up our struggle

    In response to ”Raoul Wallenberg’s parents committed suicide out of despair after he disappeared”, by Gila Dekel (”Ha’aretz, March 3, 2009). The suicide of Raoul Wallenberg’s parents brings home the human tragedy of the family of a man who saved scores of Jews from the Nazi destruction machinery. The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has been […]

  • A hero without a grave

    In response to ”Raoul Wallenberg parents committed suicide out of despair following his disappearance”, by Gila Dekel (Ha’aretz, March 3rd., 2009), we would like to underscore and emphasize the fact that major dramatic events took place, linking this affair no more and no less than Joseph Stalin himself. After more than 60 years, one can […]

  • It is never too late to honour the Righteous

    Henk Drogt was a hero. He deserves to be the named Righteous by Yad Vashem and the younger generations have the right to know his feats. A word of praise should go to the EL AL pilot who unveiled the story. Lately, Yad Vashem announced the bestowal of the title of Righteous to a Polish […]

  • A worthy educational proposal

    Education is a powerful tool, especially at an early age. If carefully implemented, President Sarkozy`s initiative would prove to be an excellent inoculation against the advent of a future genocide. Our Foundation has accumulated a vast experience in developing Holocaust educational programmes to the youngsters. We believe that the lessons of the Holocaust should be […]

  • Honor due to Raoul Wallenberg

    January 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Every year, all Americans dedicate the day to the memory of this great fighter for equality and human rights. The great irony is that just one day later we commemorate a great American tragedy. The heroism of another (honorary) American citizen, who fought for human rights, just […]

  • A saviour is a saviour

    Regardless of his pyschological motivations, Victor Kugler was a hero who had put his life at risk to hide Anne Frank. He was one of the corageous saviours who confronted evil by reaching others to those in plight. Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved 100,000 Hungarian Jews, was not alone. Thousands of saviours around […]

  • WWII Romanian soldier joins righteous among nations

    Yad Vashem yesterday posthumously honored a Romanian reserve officer who blocked the deportation of Romanian Jews to Nazi death camps during World War II. Theodor Criveanu joined the Righteous Among the Nations group of non-Jews who rescued Jews from the Nazis. His son, Willie Criveanu, accepted the award on his behalf. Six million European Jews […]

  • Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day with siren, memorial services

    Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel fell silent as a two-minute siren wailed across the country Monday morning followed by memorials at the Knesset and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority. Names of Holocaust victims were read aloud at ”Every Person Has a Name” memorials held at both locations. The central theme for […]

  • Dantas’ Legacy

    We have read in your newspaper (”Ha’aretz Supplement – April 7th., 2006) an interview with the President of Brazil, better known as Lula. Here’s a quote: ”Also should not be forgotten the legacy of the Brazilian Ambassador to Paris, Souza Dantas, who during the War extended Brazilian visas to hundreds of Jews, and by so […]