August 4, 2000

Letter to the Editor, from Tom Lantos


Dear Sir:

”August 4th, 2000 is the 88th anniversary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg. My wife Annette and I, along with approximately 100.000 other Nazi Holocaust survivors from Hungary, owe our lives to the heroic mission of the Swedish diplomat Wallenberg, who disappeared 55 years ago”.

”When I entered the U.S. House of Representatives, I championed his cause, leading the United States Congress to declare Raoul Wallenberg an honorary citizen of the USA, a distinction previously given only to Sir Winston Churchill”.

”More than 30 years ago, Casa Argentina en Jerusalem was founded to promote interreligious dialogue. At the initiative of Mr. Baruch Tenembaum, this private, nonprofit Argentine institution has created the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF), the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, to inspire us all to honor, and when required emulate, his courageous example of saving countless lives, in spite of immense hardship and danger”.

”The IRWF was honored by the visit of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and his wife Mrs. Nane Annan, niece of Raoul Wallenberg. May we all of us, when we fail to protect the freedom of communication and the freedom of human and religious community, and how worthwile the efforts of all those who stand up to evil, whenever and werever they find it”.

Tom Lantos
Congressional Human Rights
34 East 67th. Street
New York

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