May 19, 2006

Letters to the editor: Wallenberg


To the Editor:

Recently, the media reported on the annual speech that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, delivered before both Houses of the Legislature at the Marble Room in the Kremlin. It is at least bizarre that the Russian Chief of State, who openly criticizes other nation’s human rights policies, made no reference to a matter related to the human rights agenda in his own country.

President Putin has the possibility to make history with concrete deeds instead of bare ”public speaking”. He could reveal the truth about Raoul Wallenberg’s destiny (a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of lives during the Holocaust and was arrested and dissapeared by the Soviet Army in 1945).

Argentina, a country that has suffered in its own flesh the tragedy of the ”missing people”, should not be indifferent to this great injustice. President Putin has now the opportunity to demonstrate that Russia cares about universal values such as liberty, democracy and human rights. Wallenberg is a worldwide hero and the truth about his fortune must be unveiled.

Dr. Natalio Wengrower
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation

Translation: Ileana Cheszes