New York – Baruch Tenembaum and Eduardo Eurnekian, Founder and Chairman of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF), announced the decision to increase to U$S 500,000 the sum of the reward being offered by the IRWF to any person or entity who could provide solid and provable information on the whereabouts of Wallenberg and his chauffer, Vilmos Langfelder.
On 9 August, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met top authorites of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation at UN New York Headquarters. Minutes before, they were received by Ambassador Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary General.
Wallenberg, a young Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of lives in Budapest during the Holocaust, was arrested by Soviet forces on January 17, 1945, along with Langfelder. Since then, their fate and whereabouts remain a mystery.
Coinciding with the 100th birthday of Raoul Wallenberg, both hosts congratulated the Wallenberg Foundation, a global reach educational NGO, for its relentless work to preserve and promote the legacies of the Swedish hero and his likes.
Tenembaum and Eurnekian presented Ban Ki-moon a specially minted “Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal”, the first in its series.
Based on available information, the IRWF is convinced that if Wallenberg and Langfelder were actually killed by the Soviets, historical records should be available. Unfortunately, the Soviets, and now the Russian authorities are preventing unrestricted access to the KGB archives by scholars and researchers.
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