September 2009

New Presentation of the Wallenberg Musical in New York

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation is proud to be one of the associate producers of the amazing, new Broadway-bound Wallenberg musical, which has an upcoming show on the same day the State of New York officially commemorates Raoul Wallenberg Day. With book and lyrics by the 2006 Kleban Award-winning team of Laurence Holzman & Felicia Needleman and music by Benjamin Rosenbluth, Wallenberg conveys the same sense of hope and optimism that Wallenberg himself inspired. Wallenberg’s heroic efforts proved that one ordinary man can make an extraordinary difference.

The show will take place on Monday, October 5th, 2009 at 7:00 pm at the Consulate of Hungary in New York, located at 227 East 52nd Street. To attend, please RSVP at 646 592 1708 or at

To learn more about the musical and listen to some songs from the show, please click here.

October 5th – Raoul Wallenberg Day

On October 5th 1981, Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who disappeared in January 1945 after saving the lives of tens of thousands persecuted people during WWII, became an Honorary Citizen of the U.S.

In 2005 the IRWF started it’s first campaign to obtain commemorative days to honor the Swedish diplomat nationwide. Many States have joined our efforts since. This year, we are proud to count with the participation of: Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, West Virginia and Wyoming. We would like to thank to all the governors who recognized the importance of honoring this exceptional humanitarian whose life serves as an example of human unity and bravery.

Raoul Wallenberg’s Niece Meets with Survivors Rescued by her Uncle

Louise von Dardel met with Holocaust survivors saved by her uncle, Raoul Wallenberg, at the reunion organized by the IRWF at its New York headquarters. About nine Wallenberg Survivors, many of them with their children, were present at this wonderful and touching meeting.

The survivors were thankful for the opportunity to express their gratitude to their rescuer’s relative and were eager to know more about Wallenberg’s fate and the toll his disappearance took for the Wallenberg family. ”The stories were amazing,” said Louise after the gathering, ”all so different and still full of synchronicities and miracles.”

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Kaddish for Guy von Dardel at the Jerusalem Western Wailing Wall

A moving Kaddish ceremony took place on September 1st., 2009, at the Jerusalem Western Wailing Wall, for Guy von Dardel, Raoul Wallenberg’s half brother who passed away on August 28th. Among the attendants were: Mr. Larry Pfeffer, from the Jerusalem Working Group, Mr. Danny Rainer, from the IRWF, Mr. Eli Yosef (Israeli educator and playwright) and Mr. Yossef Begun, famous Refusenik dissident. People who were praying in the Wailing Wall spontaneously joined the group, which ended the ceremony by reciting ”El Male Rachamim” for the ascencion of the soul of the late Prof. von Dardel.

Despite his advanced age, his death was premature in a very important sense, for Guy has devoted his whole adult life to campaign for his brother Raoul Wallenberg. Unfortunately, he passed away without achieving his lifelong dream to get Raoul back home.

Baruch Tenembaum Honored in Israel

The Center of the Iberian and Latin American Communities in Israel (CICLA) awarded its annual prize to Baruch Tenembaum, founder of the IRWF, as well as to other distinguished members of Hispanic community, such as Ambassador Ana Salomon, Professor Leon Trahtenberg, Mr. Eliahu Toker and Ms. Jana Beris. The ceremony took place at the Truman Institute of Hebrew University of Jerusalem on September 7, 2009.

New ”Wallenberg at School” Educational Session in Buenos Aires

The French-Argentinean Liceo ”Jean Mermoz” of Buenos Aires will host a new session of the IRWF’s educational program ”Wallenberg at School” on September 30, 2009. Ms. Myriam Kesler, the Holocaust survivor will speak at the presentation. ”Wallenberg at School” is developed by the Buenos Aires office of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation with the aim of disseminating the values of civic courage and solidarity, ethical cornerstones of many brave men and women who risked their lives to rescue persecuted people during the Holocaust. More then 9000 students have participated in the program during 2009.

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