April 12, 2010

A shocking tragedy


Sir, – The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation mourns the untimely and tragic death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria and dignitaries who were on their way to pay respect to the Polish victims of the Katyn massacre (”Polish president killed in plane crash along with wife, country’s top leaders,” April 11).

Kaczynski was a member of the Wallenberg Foundation from his very first days as president of Poland and his contribution to our mission of preserving and divulging the legacies of the saviors of victims of the Holocaust was paramount and a source of inspiration. Under his leadership, the Polish authorities have greatly helped us in our efforts to unearth unknown stories of rescue, leading to the the recognition of brave Polish rescuers.

President Kaczynski will be missed, but his legacy will live on.

Danny Rainer
Vice President
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, Jerusalem