January 13, 2014

May 2013

Article – Man who Rescued Jews Becomes Australia’s First Honorary Citizen, The Canberra Times
A Swedish diplomat who led a rescue operation to save nearly 100,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary has been recognized as the first honorary Australian citizen. Raoul Wallenberg saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust in 1944 by issuing protective passports and providing shelter in diplomatic buildings. Mr. Wallenberg had already been honored in Australia through parks and monuments but Governor-General Quentin Bryce said she was proud the country was now going “one step further.”
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Bust of Raoul Wallenberg at the Punta del Este Airport

A bust of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, hero of WWII who went missing in 1945, was installed at the international airport of Punta del Este, Uruguay. On the centennial of his birth, Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, the company that manages the airport, and the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation pay tribute to the “Hero without a grave”. The placement of the bust of Wallenberg in Punta del Este is part of a global campaign that aims to deploy Wallenberg busts in numerous public spaces of major cities worldwide.
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Article – Historical Recognition of John XXIII by Israeli City, Aleteia
Ashdod, one of the oldest cities in the world, and currently Israel’s largest port, will dedicate one of its streets to Angelo Roncalli, Pope John XXIII (1881-1963), in recognition of his work to save a large number of Jews during World War II. The fifth largest city in Israel will also offer this recognition to another great rescuer of those persecuted by the Holocaust, Raoul Wallenberg (1912-1947), a Swedish diplomat recognized as “Righteous Among the Nations,” since his work saved the lives of over one hundred thousand Jews.
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Israel: President of Israeli Parliament received the Wallenberg Foundation leadership

Yuli Edelstein, president of the Knesset received the IRWF to mark to celebration of the centenary of the birth of Swedish diplomat and savior of thousands of lives during the Holocaust. In addition, Edelstein was informed about upcoming activities related foundation awards announcement the former prime minister, Gordon Brown, the international jurist, Samuel Pisar, and Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia. Edelstein received the delegation painted a portrait of Wallenberg by Peter Malkin, captor of Adolf Eichmann in 1960, entitled “With the same hands.”

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