US AMBASSADOR PAYS TRIBUTE TO RAOUL WALLENBERG
Vilma Martínez, United States Ambassador in Argentina, was the keynote speaker at the commemorative ceremony organized on February 8, 2010 in Buenos Aires, in honor of the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, marking the 65th anniversary of his disappearance.
”Raoul Wallenberg gave us an unparalleled profile in courage. He and the many he inspired in the waning days of the WWII saved thousands of Hungary’s Jews from the Holocaust. We honor him as a man who chose to do the right thing in a desperate time,” said Ambassador Martínez.
The event, organized by the IRWF Buenos Aires, had more than thirty Ambassadors and diplomatic delegations in attendance.
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THE IRWF INTERVIEWED DR. JÁNOS BEÉR, A MAN WHO WORKED WITH RAOUL WALLENBERG
”Tom Veres had taken photographs from the car with his disguised camera and my duty was to go to the wagons and talk to the people to make sure that everyone who had Swedish protection left the wagons and presented themselves to the examiners who also included Hungarian authorities. By the late afternoon more than one hundred men whose credentials were accepted were selected. Wallenberg arranged for them to be escorted by police to one of the safe Swedish protected houses.”
66 years ago, Dr. János Beér, Professor Emeritus at MIT in Massachusetts, had a task that was quite different from teaching his students Chemical and Fuel Engineering. He was one of the few men that formed part of the ”Schützling Protokoll,” a department within the Swedish Legation organized by Raoul Wallenberg, with the intention of rescuing Schutzpass holders and accompanying them into the safe houses.
To read Dr. Beer’s fascinating story click here.
IRWF WELCOMES NEW HONORARY MEMBERS
Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland; Sten Nordin, Mayor of Stockholm; Jurgen Nimptsch, Mayor of Bonn; Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver; Jürgen Roters, Mayor of Köln; Heinz Schaden, Mayor of Salzburg; Robert Doyle, Mayor of Melbourne; Corine Mauch, Mayor of Zurich; and Sir Richard Leese, Mayor of Manchester, are new Honorary Members of the IRWF, that joined the foundation in the last month.
To see the list of IRWF’s Honorary Members click here.
IN SEARCH OF THE INFORMATION ON THE STEFAN ZWEIG’S VISIT TO ARGENTINA
The IRWF is researching a case related to the visit of the famous Austrian writer Stefan Zweig to Argentina, between October 26 and November 15 of 1940.
We invite all the individuals who possess newspaper articles, photographs, filmed material or any other type of printed or visual documents; as well as those who would like to give testimony on their experience of the writer’s visit, to contact us at 4382-7872 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE IRWF IN RUSSIAN
The IRWF has launched a Russian version of its website. To visit it click here.