August 27, 2003

New York ceremony marks Raoul Wallenbergs birthday


A ceremony was held last week outside UN Headquarters in New York to mark the 91st birthday of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who disappeared after being arrested by Soviet forces in Budapest in 1945. Wallenberg is credited with saving the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust, and his fate remains unknown.

The event was organized by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, which seeks to keep alive the memory of the diplomat’s heroic efforts on behalf of the Jewish people. Among those in attendance were the UN ambassadors of Canada, Venezuela, and Taiwan, the Consul General of Angola in New York, and various Swedish and Hungarian diplomatic representatives.