May 24, 2004

Argentine school named for Wallenberg


A new school named after Holocaust rescuer Raoul Wallenberg was inaugurated in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. The school, which aims to promote values such as dialogue and understanding, is the brainchild of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, which is headed by Baruch Tenembaum and seeks to keep alive the Swedish diplomat’s memory.

Wallenberg was posted to Budapest during World War II, and is credited with saving the lives of tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust by issuing them false papers and documents. The Soviet Army later arrested him, and his fate remains unknown.

The Raoul Wallenberg School in Buenos Aires is the first educational center to be named after him in Argentina. Schools bearing Wallenberg’s name have already been established in Uruguay, Brazil, and Ecuador.