April 3, 2012

March 2012

Open Call for Artists
Inspired by Raoul Wallenberg, an E-Book Of Creative Writing And Visual Arts:
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation is calling artists working within the fields of creative writing, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and mixed media to submit works inspired by the deeds of Raoul Wallenberg and their legacy. Selected works will be published in an e-book compilation created in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg’s birthday.
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“Heart of Stone – Heart of Flesh”:
A dramatic play by Eli Yossef, about the life and feats of Raoul Wallenberg, made its premiere in Kiryat Gat, Israel.
The play was performed by Shalon High-School students, who had previously attended one of Mr. Eli Yossef’s many lectures about Wallenberg on behalf of the IRWF. The class paved the way to the student’s participation in this initiative, proving the importance of instilling Raoul Wallenberg’s legacy in the hearts and minds of the youngsters. The audience included the Mayor of Kiriat Gat, Mr. Abiram Dahary; the Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Sweden, Ms. Anette Shary; the Head of the Diaspora Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Shmuel Ben Shmuel; and Mr. Danny Rainer, Vice-president of the IRWF.
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Raoul Wallenberg in Testimonies:
We are reaching out to all those who were rescued by Raoul Wallenberg to write their stories. We want to record the testimonies of those who are still alive and were saved by Raoul Wallenberg or by any of his initiatives. We will compile and publish all their writings in an e-book format.

Filming the Camps, From Hollywood to Nuremberg
We were honored to be invited to the private reception of the exhibit Filming the Camps, From Hollywood to Nuremberg.  Hollywood directors John Ford, George Stevens, and Samuel Fuller filmed the realities of war and the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. Their documentation provides an essential visual record of WWII. This show presents rare footage of the liberation of Dachau with detailed directors’ notes, narratives describing burials at Falkenau, and the documentary produced as evidence at the Nuremberg trials, among other historic material. Now, for the first time in the U.S., this material is being made available to a general audience. The exhibition, curated by historian and film director Christian Delage, was designed, created, and circulated by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France).
Andrea Cukier, Program Coordinator of the IRWF, attended the event in the name of the organization where she met with the exhibit’s speakers Baron Eric de Rothschild, M. Philippe Lalliot, Consul General of France in New York, and Christian Delage, Curator of the exhibit.

New E-Book:
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation is pleased to add a new e-book to its collection, “Destino y obra de Camoens” by Jorge Luis Borges.
To read the book click here

New Stamp:
The international Raoul Wallenberg Foundation issued a postage stamp in tribute to Jan Karski in Israel.
Jan Karski was a liaison officer of the Polish underground who infiltrated both the Warsaw Ghetto and a German concentration camp to see first-hand what was happening to the Polish Jews. He carried the first eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust to Anthony Eden, the British foreign secretary, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, the President of the United States. He did everything in his power to inform the world about the genocide in Europe.
In honor of his efforts on behalf of Polish Jews, Karski was made an honorary citizen of Israel in 1994. On June 2, 1982, Yad Vashem recognized Jan Karski as a member of Righteous Among the Nations.
To read more about Jan Karski click here
To see the stamp click here

KinderBlock 66, accepted at two film festivals:
KinderBlock 66: Return to Buchenwald has been accepted to the Sarasota and the Arizona Film Festivals. The documentary will also be screening at Buchenwald in April.
The Block 66 was a division of the Buchenwald concentration camp where European Jewish children from all over the continent were transferred into in early 1945. The block was led by Antonin Kalina, a Czech Communist and his deputy, Gustav Schiller, a Polish Jew. The youths in the block did not work and were protected against being sent out of the camp. The block leaders watched over the children and cared for them to the extent possible, seeing in these youths hope for the future. They strove until the last days of the war and beyond to keep them from danger and alive. On April 11, 2010, sixty-five years later, several of the surviving boys from block 66 returned to Weimar and to Buchenwald. KinderBlock 66 is their story.
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (“IRWF”) has made KinderBlock 66 one of its key projects, and will be accepting tax-deductible contributions earmarked for its production. Click here to find out how.
To read more about the film click here