September 2004

Historical Event

In a ceremony of deep inter-religious content on September 26th 2004, a commemorative monument to the victims of the Holocaust was inaugurated in the Vaterunser church in Berlin.

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La Nación newspaper. Editorial: A well deserved tribute

Only four years after his death, Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, former Archbishop of Buenos Aires and Primate of Argentina, will receive a well deserved tribute that underlines his indefatigable work promoting the interreligious dialogue.

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From the Spanish Premier José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

”I am very glad to be able to support the installation of a replica of the Commemorative Mural of the Buenos Aires Cathedral in the Vaterunser Church in Berlin.”

”The Wallenberg Foundation will always be able to count on my support for these kind of initiatives.”

Wallenberg Day in New York

October 5 was instituted in the state of New York as the Raoul Wallenberg Day. It was on October 5th, 1981 that the ”Hero without a grave” was named Honorary Citizen of the United States. Wallenberg disappeared on January 17, 1945 after being detained by the Soviet Army in Budapest, city in which he saved thousands of people, mostly Jews, persecuted by nazism.

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Report from the U.S. Department of State

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, with the cooperation of the City of Buenos Aires and a staff of professional volunteers, presents its educative program in secondary schools to promote the values of solidarity and civic courage as exemplified by Wallenberg.

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Per Anger Prize

The Archbishop Gennaro Verolino received in 2004 the first edition of the Per Anger Prize ( ) instituted by the Swedish government, in recognition of his rescue actions of Jews persecuted by Nazism in Hungary in 1944.

He is one of the last survivors ( )associated with the Swedish diplomatic mission in Budapest where both Wallenberg and Anger fulfilled their diplomatic missions. Monsignor Verolino was born on November 3, 1906 and became a priest in 1928, at the age of 22. He currently lives in Rome.

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New Wallenberg school in Budapest

An educational institue that was recently renovated at a cost of 7,5 millon dollars was named ”Vocational and Grammar School Raoul Wallenberg.” Michael Wernstedt, grandson of the ”Hero without a grave” and his sister, Nina Lagergen, attended the inaguration, together with the Mayor of the city, Gabor Demszky, the Swedish Embassador, Bengt Lundbog and the leaders of the Wallenberg Association of Hungary, Jozsef Sebes, Bela Huff and Ferenc Orosz.

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Max Schmeling turned 99

During his visit to Germany, on the occasion of the inaguration of the Memorial Mural for the Victims of the Holocaust, Baruj Tenembaum made a toast to the 99th birthday of the former boxing champion Max Schmeling. In 2003 Schmeling received the Raoul Wallenberg medal in recognition of his actions to rescue two Jewish brothers during the ”Kristallnacht”, in 1938.

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A Mexican savior

Between 1939 and 1943 Bosques fulfilled his diplomatic mission before the Collaborative Government of Marshal Petain in the Port of Marseille and, from that position, he encouraged the flee to Mexico of a large number of Jews, leaders of the Austrian and French Resistance, Spanish Republicans and other pesecuted people.

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Beyond the Shadows

The mysterious and tragic fate of the Swedish diplomat has symbolic and real value for many. Although Mr. Wallenberg shines out in the public eye, there are still other Hungarian individuals, organizations, religious officials, and diplomatic bodies that also participated in life-saving activities during the Nazi occupation of Hungary in 1944.

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The Wallenberg Effect

This is a study of the leadership principles employed by Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who went to Budapest in 1944 to intervene on behalf of Hungary’s 700,000 Jews who were being deported by the Nazis to extermination camps. This extended case narrative profiles the extraordinary accomplishments of a truly unique leader. The leadership implications addressed herein are timely, because the study of leadership is beginning to overcome decades of intellectual neglect.

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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.