January 17, 2009

His tracks have vanished


64 years ago, on January 17th., 1945, Raoul Wallenberg was abducted by the Soviet forces in Budapest. His tracks have vanished ever since.

In the months that preceded his abduction, the young Swedish diplomat, succeeded with a great deal of resourcefulness and courage, to save tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazi monster.

More than six decades went by and yet, Wallenberg’s legacy is more relevant than ever before. Fanatic and totalitarian ideologies call upon our destruction, very much like the days which preceded WWII.

The volunteers of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, which I established together with my late friend, the US congressman Tom Lantos, relentlessly work days and nights to preserve the deeds of Wallenberg and of the thousands of people who risked their lives in order to save the Jews during the Holocaust.

At the same time, we continue our activities before the Russian authorities with the aim of securing clear answers regarding the fate of Raoul Wallenberg.

Baruch Tenembaum
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation