January 13, 2014

March 2013

Events around the World Commemorate the first EU Righteous Day
The call for the European Union and the Council of Europe to set up a European day in the memory of the Righteous came from a hundred prominent Italian and European personalities of the world of culture under the aegis of non-profit association Gariwo. The most famous signatories include Umberto Eco, Dario Fo, Daniel Goldhagen and many others.
The first European Day of the Righteous was commemorated on March 6, 2013 with many events around the world.
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Wallenberg Foundation was Gariwo’s guest

We are the only two organizations in the world to honour the Righteous in all genocide cases” said Baruch Tenembaum, the creator of the IRWF, in the opening of the encounter – held on March 19, 2013, in Milan – with Gariwo founders, Gabriele Nissim and Pietro Kuciukian. “Gariwo – The gardens of the Righteous,” started in Milan in 1999 and was officially formed in 2001. It is chaired by Gabriele Nissim, a historian and author of several books on the subject (Ebrei Invisibili, L’uomo che fermò Hitler, Il Tribunale del Bene, Una bambina contro Stalin) and includes among its founding members Pietro Kuciukian, chairman of the International Committee of the Righteous for the Armenians.
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Slovakia: Wallenberg Foundation Honors WWII Saviors of Jews
The Federation of Jewish Communities in Slovakia recently received a visit from Baruch Tenembaum  and Eduardo Eurnekian, the leaders of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) which is based in Buenos Aires. Its purpose is to fight against intolerance and xenophobia world-wide. The two IRWF leaders visited Bratislava and were accompanied by the representatives of the Federation of  Jewish Communities in Slovakia to a meeting with Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič. Tenembaum and Eurnekian presented Slovak head of state with the Centennial Raoul Wallenberg Medal, mark the anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg’s birth. The medal was given in symbolic recognition of Slovaks who during World War II helped  to save their Jewish neighbors from the Holocaust.
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Exclusive Video: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio – Unprecedented Tribute to the Victims of the Holocaust.

On April 1998, on the first anniversary of the unveiling of the Memorial Mural to the Victims of the Holocaust inside the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio paid tribute to the millions of people murdered by the Nazis. It was inaugurated by Cardinal Antonio Quarracino on 14 April 1997, following an idea of Baruch Tenembaum, founder of the IRWF. The Mural, an impressive work of fine silversmith, is an unprecedented artistic monument in the history of the Jewish-Christian relations. Its dimensions are 1,80 mts. long by 1,20 mts. wide. It is composed of two glass panels between which are placed sheets of books of prayers rescued from the ruins of the Treblinka and Auschwitz concentration camps as well as the Warsaw ghetto.
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Jewish Friend of Pope Francis: “[He] stood out for his closeness to minorities”
“He wore a normal jacket and used public transportation, but at the same time, he is a very cultured man.”
“I am moved,” said Baruch Tenembaum, founder of the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, an Argentine Jew and longtime personal friend of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis I.

Temembaum, a pioneer of interreligious dialogue amongst Christians, Muslims and Jews since the 1960s, tells Aleteia, “I am very satisfied, because I believe that we will see, in terms of spirituality, a repetition of the what John XXIII did at the service of the Church and of the world.”
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Argentina’s Jewish Community Celebrate Pope Francis, The Miami Herald

BUENOS AIRES — Tucked into an alcove of Argentina’s National Cathedral, right beside an icon of the Virgin of Luján, is a wall of yellowed documents written in delicate Hebrew. The pages were rescued from the death camps of Auschwitz, the ruins of Berlin’s synagogue and the remains of this city’s Jewish community center.
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The IRWF Educational Initiative in Maalot, Israel
The awards ceremony of the literary competition on Raoul Wallenberg organized by the Casa Argentina in Israel and IRWF in Israeli high schools, was held on February 10 in Maalot ORT College. Many students and teachers as well as school director Sofie Ben Artzi, parents, and representatives of the IRWF and Casa Argentina, attended the event.
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