February 9, 2012

Remembering Raoul


Sir, – Greer Fay Cashman is right in stating that “the name of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg is inextricably bound with both the fate and the future of Jewish people” (“The centenary of Raoul Wallenberg’s birth,” Grapevine, February 8). Sixty-seven years after his abduction by the Soviets, and on his 100th birthday, Wallenberg still stands out among the scores of brave women and men who risked their lives in an effort to save others and make a difference.

We at the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation pay tribute to his legacy in diverse ways.

We research and divulge the hitherto unknown feats of other rescuers and create educational programs aimed at instilling their deeds in the hearts and minds of youngsters. We also address other periods and areas, such as Turks who saved Armenians, and foster projects of reconciliation.

And we don’t neglect our relentless efforts to secure reliable information as to Wallenberg’s fate and whereabouts. We believe that the answers must be buried somewhere in the KGB archives. We strongly urge the Russian authorities to let Raoul reunite with his living sister, Nina.