October 2004

”Wallenberg at school” Program

Fourteen presentations in just thirty days took place at different high level schools of the city of Buenos Aires since the beginning of a new stage of the educational program ”Wallenberg at School”. The presentations, conducted by specialized volunteers, aim at preserving the individual freedoms and the promotion of the values of solidarity and civic courage taking as role models the actions of solidarity carried out by thousands of saviors during the Holocaust.

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Raoul Wallenberg classroom was inaugurated in Argentina

In a moving ceremony carried out on Friday, 22 October a kindergarten classroom of the Ministro Zarini School of the city of La Plata, Capital of the Province of Buenos Aires, was named after Raoul Wallenberg. The ceremony was organized by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) and the Argentine General Economic Confederation (CGE), presided by Mr. Ricardo Faerman.

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100 anniversary of a Jewish colony

Coinciding with the premiere of the documentary film ”Legado. Yo nunca me fui de mi pueblo” ( Legacy. I never left my village), the centennial of the foundation of the Jewish colony ” Las Palmeras”, was celebrated on the 17th of October 2004 in Las Palmeras, at the province of Santa Fe, 600 kilometers from the city of Buenos Aires.

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La Nación. I never left my village

The movie Legado, a documental story about the Jewish colonization in Argentina that will be exhibited next 14th of October, includes a scene in which someone asks me: ”Tenembaum, you have already traveled the world on many occasions, and however, you permanently remember your place of origin, Las Palmeras, mentioning it each time you can. When did you leave your village?”. My answer was precise: ”I never left my village.”

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Zenit. Father Plácido Cortese. Savior

A bust of Father Placido Cortese, known for his efforts to save numerous people from Nazi persecution, was unveiled in the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua.

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Aci Digital. Cuban wins Karski prize

Dagoberto Valdes Hernandez, a Catholic intellectual and Cuban dissident, was named the recipient of the 2004 Jan Karski Award for Valor and Compassion.

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Raoul Wallenberg Stage Reading

January 17th marks the 60th anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg’s disappearance. It is a pleasure to inform that the IRWF is planning to commemorate this date with an event where several songs that narrate the life and deeds of Raoul will be performed. At the same time, some memoirs of those saved by Wallenberg will be narrated. The event will take place on January 18th. More details in future newsletters.

JTA. The Jewish Gauchos´”Legacy”

It took the directors of the new documentary ”Legacy” nearly 10 years to complete the film, and by the time they had, many of the 200 aging ”Jewish gauchos” interviewed had died.

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Record On Line. Forgotten hero has his day

He was one of the greatest heroes of World War II. A pampered son of the Swedish upper class, he was a diplomat from a neutral country who saved the lives of an estimated 100,000 Hungarian Jews at the end of World War II. He’s one of only two people in history to be given honorary U.S. citizenship. (The other was Winston Churchill.)

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JTA. Man saved by Turkish diplomat during war meets his rescuer’s son

The risks Selahattin Ulkumen took to save Jews during World War II led to his wife’s death. The Turkish diplomat’s confrontation with the Nazi occupiers of Rhodes saved 42 members of the Greek island’s Jewish community, including Bernard Turiel and his parents.

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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