November 25, 2010

October 2010

October 5, 2010 – Raoul Wallenberg Day

October 5, 2010, was celebrated across the U.S. as Raoul Wallenberg Day thanks to the annual campaign of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. October 5th was chosen as it was on that day in 1981 that the US Congress declared Wallenberg an Honorary Citizen of the U.S.

Many states have joined the campaign since its beginning in 2005. This year the governors from Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia joined our campaign by proclaiming Raoul Wallenberg day in their states.

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Remembering Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest

On October 15th, 2010, a memorial plaque commemorating Raoul Wallenberg was reveled on the building at Harmincad street number 6 in Budapest. Currently housing the British Embassy in Budapest during the WWII Harmincad street number 6 was the address of the Swedish Diplomatic Delegation from where Raoul Wallenberg was working on rescuing Budapest Jews. A special ceremony was organized for the occasion which counted with the participation of Gabor Forgacs who himself was rescued by Wallenberg.

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World premier of Wallenberg Musical

The world premier of Wallenberg Musical was held on October 28, 2010, at the White Plains Performing Arts center in White Plains, New York. It was a joyful occasion for all of us at the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, as we have recognized the value of this spearheading effort from early on and have supported it in a roll of an associate producer.

The show has a cast of 26 performers among which are Scott Mikita (Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods) as Raoul Wallenberg; and Leah Horowitz (Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof) as Baroness Elisabeth Fuchs Kemeny.

Wallenberg is on view till November 21, 2010.

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Ben Olander’s presentation in the Swedish Church in New York

Ben Olander, one of modern Sweden’s foremost balladeers will give a special performance dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg in the Swedish Church in New York on November 9, 2010. The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has been cooperating with Mr. Olander for many years arraigning Ben performances in New York Area. Olander’s own commitment to the past and passion for spreading Wallenberg’s message of fighting prejudice and injustice began when he was a 7 year-old hearing the stories of his grandparents who had helped to smuggle Jews and resistance fighters from Denmark to Sweden during World War II.

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