January 2008

Dear Friends,

January marks two important dates.

On January 17th, 1945, Wallenberg was arrested by Soviet troops, never to be seen again. In addition, January 27th is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. As every year, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) recognizes these dates, with a series of international events. We invite you to join us!

New York, USA – January 31

The presentation of the book ”Escape,” by Professor Poser will take place at 7 pm in JCC Manhattan, located at 334 Amsterdam Avenue (@ 76th Street). Professor Norman S. Poser will present the book and Ambassador Torben A. Gettermann, Consul General of Denmark in NY will talk about Denmark during the Holocaust. For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708 or visit JJC’s website. [http://www.jccmanhattan.org/category.aspx?catid=1898.]

London, UK – January 21

A screening of a documentary film about Raoul Wallenberg followed by an address by the guest speaker, Mr. Baruch Tenembaum, Founder of the IRWF, will take place at 7 pm in West London Synagogue, located at 34 Upper Berkeley Street.

Buenos Aires, Argentina – January 17

Holocaust survivors saved by Raoul Wallenberg will place flowers on the Wallenberg monument. More details: [mailto:irwf@irwf.org.ar] irwf@irwf.org.ar

Recently we found out that Tom Lantos will be retiring due to his health. Tom Lantos is a member of the IRWF and a very close friend. Lantos and his wife Annette were the first to sign our ”100,000 Names for 100,000 Lives” campaign. As a Holocaust survivor who was saved by Wallenberg, Lantos has been very active both in remembering Wallenberg and in the quest for his whereabouts. In 1981, when first elected to the House of Representatives, Lantos was the driving force behind Raoul Wallenberg being awarded Honorary U.S. Citizenship.

We wish Tom Lantos health and many more years of joined activities.


Baruch Tenembaum
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation

Homage to Raoul Wallenberg – Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian Raoul Wallenberg Association will commemorate Wallenberg on January 17, at 5 pm at the Wallenberg memorial plaque in the Wallenberg street (Budapest, 13th District). The speaker will be Antal Czinder, sculptor of several Wallenberg memorial plaques.

Remembering a Lost Hero – Toronto, Canada

Screening of the film ”Rosenstrasse” on January 17 at 7 pm at the Sheppard Centre Cineplex Odeon, 4861 Yonge Street, Toronto. RVSP to 416-635-2883 x153 or hschwartz@ujafed.org

Raoul Wallenberg Day – Winnipeg, Canada

The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and Gray Academy of Jewish Education have developed a day-long conference with a double objective: to bring awareness to students about human rights issues and to empower students to undertake initiatives and action plans in keeping with Wallenberg