January 13, 2014

October 2013

Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt received the Wallenberg Centennial Medal

On October 2, 2013, the IRWF bestowed the “Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal” upon the Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. The ceremony took place at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. The Prime Minister received the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal on behalf of those Danes who contributed to the rescue of thousands of Danish Jews in 1943. Besides the IRWF leadership and other important leaders, Jens Ege, member of the Danish underground resistance against the Nazis attended the ceremony.
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The IRWF Awards Barbara Mooyaart-Doubleway
The IRWF presented the “Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal” to Barbara Mooyaart-Doubleday, the original translator of Anne Frank’s diary into English. The ceremony took place on October 28, 2013, at the Anne Frank House, Prinsengracht 265, in Amsterdam. The prize was bestowed in recognition of her lifetime dedication to keep alive the memory of the Shoah. Mrs. Mooyaart is considered today an example of the power of education. She was approached in 1951 by a British editor and was asked to translate a sample of the text. Otto Frank, Ana Frank’s father, chose her translation among several others, asserting she had remarkable linguistic skills. The book became a best seller and she gained international recognition for her work.

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The Raoul Wallenberg Day Proclaimed Across the U.S.

Since 2005, the IRWF has campaigned to establish October 5th as Raoul Wallenberg Day throughout the United States. On October 5th 1981, Raoul Wallenberg became the second person in history to be awarded Honorary U.S. Citizenship.

This year states of Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Vermont, as well as the cities of Milwaukee and Providence, joined the IRWF initiative by proclaiming the Wallenberg Day.

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Letter to the Editor, Haaretz
A letter to the editor signed by Baruch Tenembaum and Eduardo Eurnekian was published in Haaretz Newspaper in reference to the article on the Italian rescuer Gino Bartali. The 1938 Tour de France winner Bartali aided the Jewish-Christian rescue network in his hometown of Florence and the surrounding area by shuffling forged documents and papers hidden in the tubes and seat of his bike. The letter highlighted the IRWF’s work on honoring the Italian rescuer and using his example in the educational programs of the foundation.

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