September 2006

The Wallenberg Foundation greets Pope Benedicto XVI

A delegation of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF), led by its founder Baruch Tenembaum, greeted Pope Benedict XVI on September 27th 2006, at the Vatican. On the occasion the Pontiff was presented with the educational program ” Father Alfonso Durán”.

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President of Croatia received Wallenberg Award

New York, September 2006. In a ceremony attended by high dignitaries, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) presented Mr. Stjepan Mesic, President of Croatia, with the Raoul Wallenberg Award 2006 for his concern for the fate of Raoul Wallenberg and other saviors of the Holocaust. The event was held at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations during President Mesic’s visit to New York to attend the General Assembly.

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Raoul Wallenberg Day in Buenos Aires

On September 14, 2006, the Buenos Aires City Congress passed a law proclaiming August 4th as ”Raoul Wallenberg Day”. For the first time in South America, a capital city dedicates one of the calendar days to remember the deeds of the diplomat that saved tens of thousands of lives during the Holocaust.

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Wallenberg School was inaugurated in Sweden

On Saturday, September 9th, the first Raoul Wallenberg School in Sweden was inaugurated. This was an important day for all of those working to maintain the memory of Raoul’s heroic deeds and the Holocaust. A large audience, mostly students and their relatives, had gathered to listen to principal Simon Dyer hold an inauguration speech and to see Nina Lagergren, Raoul Wallenberg’s sister, cut the tape to the first Swedish school that bears her brother’s name. Folk musician Ben Olander spoke and sang some of his own songs.

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Wallenberg Foundation receives accolade in Buenos Aires

On September 23rd, 2006, the ”Biblioteca Popular Madre Teresa” (Mother Teresa Popular Library) presented the IRWF the ”National Award Mother Teresa”, for its efforts aiming at ”building up bonds of friendship, justice and memory among peoples, in the search of the truth and the importance of dignity of human being, as well as for developing and spreading educational projects, promoting solidarity and citizen courage values, like the Holocaust Saviors did”.

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Wallenberg Musical Performed in New York

Karina Grudnikov

A staged reading of the musical ”Wallenberg” was presented in New York City to a full house on Sunday, September 17th and Wednesday, September 20th as part of the 2006 New York Musical Theater Festival .

Based on the true story of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved 100,000 people from deportation to the Nazi concentration camps, the musical has a book and lyrics by Laurence Holzman and Felicia Needleman, the 2006 winners of the prestigious Kleban Award, and a musical score by Benjamin Rosenbluth. The production is directed by and Emmy Award winner, Annette Jolles.

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Clarín. The story of the bootblack who once escaped Nazism and now returns to his country

Alike all Jews, his German citizenship was taken away by a law.

Bernardo Jerochim fought 68 years to gain back his nationality. In the end he achieved his goal and traveled to Berlin. Upon his return, he will continue to polish shoes.

Streetcars, balconies, fears. Memories of a short childhood travel fast through Bernardo’s Jerochim head. His infancy was cut short when his family had to runaway from a Nazi Berlin in 1938. Sixty years later, the now famous bootblack from Buenos Aires, travels back to his native city as a guest of the town’s government. It is not just a return to the neighborhood where he spent the first ten years of his life; it is also the first time he is recognized as a German by law, after having lost his nationality years ago.

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Zenit. Hungarian Martyr to Be Beatified

1st Beatification in Hungary in 900 Years

BUDAPEST, Hungary, SEPT. 17, 2006 ( , Sister Sara Salkahazi a nun shot to death for sheltering Jews in Hungary during World War II, will be beatified in Budapest.

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Spiegel. The Führer’s Photographer

Walter Frentz

He was the Führer’s most favored photographer and cameraman. Walter Frentz was the man Adolf Hitler trusted to put him in the right light. Now a new biography has uncovered pictures of the Nazi leader never seen before.

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The Tablet. On the path to mutual respect

Faith, Reason and Islam

Muslims must learn that differing views are at the core of a civil society, according to a leading Islamic scholar, and violent calls for revenge over perceived slights only fuel criticism of their religion

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