March 27, 2004

March 2004

Tribute paid to Spanish saviors

Tribute was paid to eight Spanish diplomats who saved refugees during the Holocaust, in a ceremony organized by the Spanish Embassy in Argentina and the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF). The ceremony took place in the Spanish delegation headquarters on March 30th., 2004.

“The Reconciliation”: the Jewish- Catholic dialogue

The relationship between Catholics and Jews has been marked by prejudices and distrust for centuries. Argentina has become an example of fraternity between religions. Clarin, the newspaper with the largest circulation in Latin America, gave an outstanding coverage of this issue.

Nicholas Winton, the British savior

Very little is known about the heroic deeds of a British stockbroker savior. The story of his life in Czechoslovakia is worth reading.

Perlasca, the great pretender

He was Italian, but he pretended to be Spanish. Although he was not a diplomat he pretended to be the Spanish Ambassador. His name was Giorgio but posterity will remember him as Jorge. Get in touch with the incredible story of a novel character.

“Wallenberg”, the musical

The story of Raoul Wallenberg, the hero of the Second World War, has been adapted for the stage as a musical. The First Draft Musicals is the company in charge of the enterprise. The writers of the musical are Laurence Holzman and Felicia Needleman.

FIRW 2003 activities

Activities all over the world marked a year of intense work and great achievements carried out by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.

Homage paid to a Polish savior on the International Women’s Day

The International Women´s Day was celebrated on March 8th. On that very day and celebrating her birthday, a tribute was paid to Juana Dylag, the savior of a Jewish family living in Warsaw when it was occupied by the Nazis, in the presence of the Polish Ambassador in Argentina.

Sousa Mendes postage stamp issued in Israel

A new postage stamp issued by the Wallenberg Foundation has been dedicated to the figure of the Portuguese savior Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

The stamp, issued in Israel, is added to the other issues boosted by the Foundation like the collection dedicated to the Belgian saviors, John XIII, and others.

Picture at an exhibition

An exhibition dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg and sponsored by the IRWF opened on March 31st., in Budapest. The exhibition was organized by the Raoul Wallenberg Association (RWA) of Hungary in the Palace of the Internal Affairs Ministry. Andras Sipos, the President of the RWA and Andras Heiszler, the President of the Jewish-Hungarian Communal Alliance, broke the tapes in the exhibition. Among the people attending the ceremony there were Bengt Ludborg and Judit Varnal Shorer, the Sweden and the Israel Ambassadors respectively. The exhibition included a portrait of Wallenberg painted by the artist Peter Malkin, the Mossad agent who captured the war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1990.

Looking for individuals saved by the Heroes: Wallenberg and Sousa Mendes

The IRWF is looking for individuals and/or family members of those saved by Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest in 1944-1945 and for those saved by Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Bordeaux or Bayonne in June 1940.

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