Polish President, Aleksander Kwasniewski, has become the newest member of the IRWF. He joins a list of more than 30 heads of state that have become involved with the Argentine-born NGO. The IRWF works to promote the example of solidarity we find in the Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg, who during the Holocaust (1933-1945), saved tens of thousands of persecuted Jews from certain death.
In a letter directed to the founder of the IRWF, Baruch Tenembaum, President Kwasniewski writes:
”Raoul Wallenberg’s rescuing mission is well known in Poland and his memory deserves our respect. The enormous challenge he had to face was shared by thousands of Poles who endangered their own lives in order to provide refuge and assistance to condemned Jews. Your educational program, ”Diplomacy and the Holocaust” reminds me of the protagonist role undertaken by the Polish Foreign Service during rescue missions.
Likewise, I would like to point out the ”Life Marches” that are annually celebrated in my country through which thousands of youngsters of different confessions render homage at the extermination camps to the millions murdered by the Nazi Regime.”
President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, former U.S. President, Gerald Ford, the King of Morocco, Mohamed VI, the prime ministers of Canada, Israel, Norway, Portugal, Lithuania, and Slovenia are among some of the heads of state on the IRWF membership list.