January 18, 2007

Wallenberg disappearance marked


The 62nd anniversary of the disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg was marked in Buenos Aires and other cities.

Some 100 people – including Holocaust survivors, foreign dignitaries, local politicians, Jewish community leaders and members of the local Islamic Center – gathered Wednesday near a sculpture of Wallenberg in the Argentine capital to honor the Swedish diplomat who saved Jews from the Nazis.

Arrested after the war in Budapest, Wallenberg disappeared into the Soviet gulag and his fate is unknown.

”The Shoah is not just the tragedy of the Jewish people,” Rabbi Sergio Bergman said.

”It’s the tragedy of humanity, and until every human being understands this, Wallenberg’s efforts won’t be complete.”

Other tributes were held in New York, Stockholm, Paris, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Berlin, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Caracas, Montevideo and Santiago, Chile.