Raoul Wallenberg Days
Since 2005, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has campaigned to establish October 5th as Raoul Wallenberg Day throughout the United States. On October 5th 1981, Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who disappeared in January 1945 after saving the lives of tens of thousands persecuted people during World War II, became the second person in history to be awarded Honorary U.S. Citizenship. Raoul Wallenberg Day is commemorated every year in the State of New York and following the IRWF’s initiative, have been proclaimed in many other U.S. states. August 4th, the birth date of the ”Hero without a grave,” has been proposed to remember the disappeared Swedish diplomat in Argentina.
- Following an initiative of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF), several U.S. State Governors have declared October 5, 2011 as Raoul Wallenberg Day