July 2005

Portuguese diplomat who saved thousands in the Holocaust remembered in New York

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation presented a celebration on the 120th anniversary of Aristides de Sousa Mendes birth

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Letter from Tom Lantos to President Kirchner

Buenos Aires, June 16th, 2005

Mr President of the Republic of Argentina
Dr Nester Kirchner

Dear Mr. President

On June 11th, I had the opportunity to organize a concert in Washington DC in memory of Raoul Wallenberg, with the purpose of creating awareness of an almost unknown illness that affects one of my dearest grand-daughters, among many other people.

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Federal Minister Fisher appoints a commission of historians to examine the role of the Foreign Service during the National Socialist era

Federal Minister Joschka Fischer has appointed an independent commission of historians with a remit to examine the role of the Foreign Service during the National Socialist era, how its members perceived and portrayed this role after the reestablishment of the Foreign Office in 1951 and how much continuity or otherwise existed with the pre-1945 Foreign Service.

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A letter to Minister Joschka Fisher

Buenos Aires, 18 July 2005

Minister Joschka Fisher
Federal Foreign Office


The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation would like to extend its warmest congratulations for the decision to set up an independent panel of historians to investigate the role of the German Foreign Office during and after the Nazi era.

As an international non governmental organization involved in promoting the life and work of Raoul Wallenberg -the Swedish diplomat who saved the lives of thousands of Hungarians Jews during World War II- and other saviors, we believe that every effort should be made to clarify the tragic events of the past, both to set the record straight and to provide the lessons to prevent the same things ever happening again.

Your choice of a panel of internationally recognized academics guarantees that the proceedings are carried out with the level of professionalism, independence and thoroughness that such a task demands.

Hopefully your decision to call together this distinguished panel of independent academics to carry out this research will not only help Germany understand its past but set an example on how governments should go round investigating their own pasts that other countries could well follow.

We look forward to reading the findings of the panel once completed.

Yours sincerely,

Baruch Tenembaum

Copy: German Ambassador Rolf Schumacher, Buenos Aires.

Foundation Recalls John XXIII’s Assistance to Jews 42 Years After His Death

NEW YORK, JUNE 24, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Blessed John XXIII will pass into history as the one who gave impetus to Catholic-Jewish dialogue, said the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.

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New Jersey Town Names Street After Holocaust Rescuer Varian Fry

A large crowd of local residents and dignitaries was on hand as the town of Ridgewood, New Jersey named a street after its most famous native son, Holocaust rescuer Varian Fry, on June 26, 2005.

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Per Anger (1913 – 2002)

We usually start out a short biography of a protagonist talking about either their birthday or placebirth, childhood and some others attributes. Neverthe-less, what is interesting for the reader is almost always the fact, the event, the detail that turns the person into a personage.

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Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch savior

Few people have ever heard anything about her. She is not a famous personality. However, her history deserves to be known for she played an outstanding role in saving Jews and other people during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands at the time of the Second World War.

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The London Bombing Attacks

There can be no doubt that the recent terrorist attacks in London have brought an understandable feeling of consternation to which we must add astonishment that most of the perpetrators were British citizens. As a society people ask themselves how is it possible that people born and brought up in their midst can turn against their own. How is it possible that apparently well adjusted people suddenly become murderers? This question is not a new one. Whenever there is a outbreak of violence, law-abiding citizens from London to Buenos Aires, from Rwanda to the ex-Yugoslavia, ask themselves the same question. Unfortunately, the world is teeming with examples.

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100,000 names for 100,000 lives saved by Wallenberg

The IRWF launched a world wide campaign to definitively discover Raoul Wallenberg’s final destiny. Fill the form below and your name will be registered with thousands of others who will gather 100,000 names for the 100,000 lives Wallenberg saved in Budapest during Second World War. Help us claim for the solution of this case. The IRWF will present the collected signatures before the UN.

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Campaign in search of Argentinean ”Saviors”

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has launched an international campaign in search of Argentinean diplomats who had undertaken humanitarian actions exceeding the requirements of their duties during the Holocaust, as Raoul Wallenberg who saved thousands of people in Hungary did it.

Should you have any information, please contact the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation at irwf@irwf.org.ar.

Appeal to people rescued by saviors of humanity

The IRWF is looking for Holocaust Survivors rescued by Raoul Wallenberg, Sousa Mendes, Souza Dantas, Carl Lutz or any other Savior of Humanity during WWII.

Please contact irwf@irwf.org

interfaith report

Complete Report of interfaith activities.

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