June 2004

Tribute to aristides de sousa mendes. International ceremonies

In the 50 anniversary of Aristides de Sousa Mendes’ death (1885-1954), the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and the Angelo Roncalli Committee organized a great number of celebrations around the world. Tens of religious, cultural and educational activities took place in the five continents. Among the many countries that joined the remembrance are France, the United States, the Vatican, China and Israel.

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Summary of news in the world

Luso Americano
The Pelham Forum
Arutz Sheva
Catholic San Francisco
Jewish Telegraphic Agency

La nacion newspaper. June 21

With religious services in churches and synagogues in different countries, the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation paid homage, on the 50 anniversary of his death, to the Portuguese diplomat who, in the Second World War, saved thousands of people, among them ten thousand Jews. During the homily, the president of the Pontific Council for Justice and Peace evoked Aristides de Sousa Mendes’ Christian testimony, by considering that in those dark years men like him helped save the ”honor of humanity”.

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Clarin newspaper. June 9

In October 2002, the Pope’s vicar in Rome, Father Gianfranco Zuncheddu, opened the cause of beatification where details of this policemen who gave his life to save about five thousand Jews during the Second World War, were revealed.

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Hungarian heroes remembered

The Hungarian Embassy to Buenos Aries was the place in which were remembered the Hungarian heroes of the Second World War, saviors of people persecuted by Nazism.

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Revelations about the policeman in process of beatification who saved thousands of jews

The founder of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has revealed details about Giovanni Palatucci’s life, an Italian policeman who gave his life to save about five thousand Jews during the Second World War, at present in process of beatification.

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Looking for people rescued by thomas preston

In 1940, in Kovno, Lithuania, the British Consul Thomas Preston issued 400 illegal certificates to travel to Palestine, through Istanbul, to persecuted Jews. Thanks to this action of solidarity and courage hundreds of people saved their lives, many of them crossing the Baltic Sea to find safe refuge in Sweden.

We are looking for people rescued

The IRWF is looking for people rescued and / or relatives of those saved by Wallenberg in Budapest during 1944 – 1945 or by Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Bordeaux or Bayonne in June 1940.

Please contact irwf@irwf.org