January 17, 2004

On the anniversary of Wallenberg’s disappearance

On January 17 , 1945, the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg was abducted by the Soviet army. His whereabouts remain unknown.

In only six months of service in the Swedish embassy in Budapest, Wallenberg, one of the greatest heroes of our times, saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews and other people persecuted by the Nazi regime.

In Argentina, a country with a tragic record of State-fostered violations of the individual rights, the example of the ”Hero without a Grave” is maintained alive by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, an educational NGO that spreads the values of solidarity and civic courage exemplified by the Swedish diplomat and by many other saviors.

The anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg’s disappearance serves as a reminder that even in the darkest times in human history there are individuals who can make a difference.

Wallenberg’s deeds are not a thing of the past. On the contrary, they are very much relevant today as a guarantee against the recurrence of past atrocities.

Worth mentioning is the fact that on this very same day, January 17, and with the attendance of Pope John Paul II, a special concert will take place at the Vatican, featuring Jewish, Christian and Muslim musicians, aimed at promoting the understanding between people, cultures and religions.

Baruch Tenembaum
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation