March 6, 2009

We shall not give-up our struggle


In response to ”Raoul Wallenberg’s parents committed suicide out of despair after he disappeared”, by Gila Dekel (”Ha’aretz, March 3, 2009).

The suicide of Raoul Wallenberg’s parents brings home the human tragedy of the family of a man who saved scores of Jews from the Nazi destruction machinery.

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has been active for years now in perpetuating the legacies of the Swedish diplomat and of the thousands of other heroes who saved the persecuted ones. At the same time, we keep up our unrelentless struggle to secure clear and credible answers from the Russian authorities in regards to the fate of the man who was abducted by the Soviets in 1945.

In the framework of our efforts, we have launched a campaign under the title: ”100,000 names for 100,000 lives”, in which thousands of people signed a petition addressed to the former president of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin.

In 2006, we conducted a copious exchange of correspondence with the Russian embassies around the world and in June of that year, we received a letter from the then Deputy-Ambassador in Washington, Mr. Alexander Darchiev.

Mr Darchiev wrote us in that letter that ”the responsability to the death of Mr. Wallenberg lays on the leadership of the Soveit Union at that time, and personally on Joseph Stalin.

These remarks are self-explanatory and are an incentive for us to continue our struggle to get clear evidences as to the fate of Raoul Wallenberg. On behalf of his legacy and on behalf of the next generations, this is our moral duty.

Professor Haim Krejner
Vice-President of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation