August 6, 2001

Anne Frank, Wallenberg, Roncalli (John XXIII) and Latin-America


An original idea was announced at the Vatican Representation to the UN during the visit of the Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, by the founder of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF), Mr. Baruch Tenembaum.

Mr. Tenembaum suggested that newborns could be named after the heroes that saved human lives from the Nazi persecution. It could be either during the baptism ceremonies for Christian children or at the circumcision of Jewish boys, or when complying with these requirements at the registry offices.

Raoul Wallenberg, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Nuncio Giussepe Roncalli (later Pope John XXIII) and other diplomats who helped victims of Nazism are cited as examples of Tenembaum’s idea.

The idea was already put into practice in England, where the name Raoul was given to a child who was born in the bosom of the Mooyart Doubleday’s family, son of an investment’s analyst.

What is more remarkable is the fact that this new Raoul’s grandmother is the translator of the original text of the ”Anna Frank’s diary”, from Dutch into English, text on which were based the script of the film and theatrical version of the famous historic testimony as well as the translations to other languages.

Otto Frank, Anne’s father, who survived the Holocaust, praised in his writings the work of Mrs. Doubleday.

Nina Lagergren, Wallenberg’s sister and mother in law of the UN Secretary General, Koffi Annan, will meet next week in London with the parents of the new Raoul, as well as with Lord Janner, leader of the Jewish Community of the United Kingdom.

”Nuncio Roncalli” is the title of the research that will be presented soon, documenting the humanitarian merits of the priest. His name will be proclaimed so that it becomes an example to be followed.

In a very surprising coincidence the names Anne Frank, Wallenberg and Roncalli are put together”, emphasized IRWF’s official professor Jaime Krejner while in New York.