September 2005

Santa Fe paid homage to Baruj Tenembaum

On September 29th 2005, during an event that took place at the White Reception Room of the Government headquarters of Santa Fe, in the city of Rosario, Governor Jorge Obeid handed out the title of Distinguished Citizen of that province to Baruj Tenembaum, founder of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.

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La Capital. Tenembaum is already an illustrious provincial citizen in Argentina

The governor Jorge Obeid declared him an illustrious citizen of the province of Santa Fe.

Baruch Tenembaum, the creator of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, received personnally, in a ceremony that took place yesterday in the local head office of the Government (Santa Fe 1959), the decree of this distinction.

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Letter from Tom Lantos. Member of Congress

September 29, 2005
Baruch Tenembaum
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation

Dear Baruch,

Annette and I would like to congratulate you for the extraordinary honor bestowed upon you as a ”Ciudadano Ilustre” of the Santa Fe Province. There is no greater recognition for a man such as you, who dedicates each of his days to the cultivation of peaceful coexistence, education and human rights, than that given to you by your own community.

The pride which your hometown derives from the fruits of your efforts will serve to inspire other individuals to follow you in your footsteps. Often, it is those closest to us who are the most difficult to please, but your work has accomplished even this great feat!

Once again, congratulations. Please give our best to your wife and beautiful family.


Member of Congress

A Piece of Faded Yellow Paper

Ignacio, my grandson, looks baffled at a yellow piece of paper, faded by time, that I have just put in his hands. I tell him that it is part of his birthday present and he smiles, thinking that I am kidding. Then I look into his eyes and I add that that aged piece of paper that seems worthless today, meant the difference between life and death when I was thirteen (it is my grandson’s thirteenth birthday today). I insist, saying that if it hadn’t been for that slip of paper probably neither of us would have been here today, celebrating.

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Le Chambon-Sur-Lignon

”People who agonize don’t act, people who act don’t agonize. Le Chambon-Sur-Lignon was both very special and very ordinary. Their serenity, reflected in their posture toward each other, toward you and toward the world.” — Filmmaker and Holocaust survivor Pierre Sauvage

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Interfaith Report

Complete Report of interfaith activities.

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Ceremony Honoring Mexican Diplomat Gilberto Bosques

In a ceremony organized by the Consulate General of Mexico and the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, Diplomats, leaders of the Jewish Community, members of the press and other distinguished guests gathered to honor the memory of Mexican diplomat Gilberto Bosques.

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Welcome to New Members

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and the Angelo Roncalli International Committee welcome Mariano Arana, Minister of Housing, Urbanism and Environment of Uruguay; Blaise Compaore, President of Burkina Faso; Ivy Dumont, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; Hans Eichel, Minister of Finance of Germany; Fabienne Keller, Maire de Strasbourg; Yuan T. Lee, The Nobel Prize in Chemistry1986; Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of Saint Lucia; Harry M. Markowitz, The Nobel Prize in Economics 1990; Jack McConnell, Prime Minister of Scotland; Zurab Nogaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia; Kerry Prendergast, Mayor of Wellington; Carlos Alvarez, Mayor of Miami; Petra Roth, Mayor of Frankfurt; Bert Sakmann, The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1991; Myron S. Scholes, Nobel Prize in Economics 1997; Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Minister for Economical Cooperation and Development; Jody Williams, The Nobel Peace Prize 1997.

Appeal to people rescued by saviors of humanity

The IRWF is looking for Holocaust Survivors rescued by Raoul Wallenberg, Sousa Mendes, Souza Dantas, Carl Lutz or any other Savior of Humanity during WWII.

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