September 2008

IRWF Founder Honored in Croatia, Zagreb

The Government of the Republic of Croatia honored Baruch Tenembaum, founder of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation with the ”The Order of the Croatian Star with the Effigy of Katarina Zrinska.” In his speech, President Mesic said, ”It is a privilege for a head of any state to express recognition and gratitude of a country which he is leading through an award to individuals who have achieved notable, even outstanding, results in the activities they perform. This is a privilege, but a responsibility as well. To select those who truly stand out from thousands, hundreds of thousands, and millions of others who are also active and creative, is no simple task. In the case of the individual whom I am presenting with a high Croatian decoration – however – this was not a difficult task at all.” /?en/news/croatia-honored-international.5092.htm

President of Albania Receives Accolade, New York

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation participated at the event organized in honor of the visiting Albanian President, Bamir Topi. Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, from the IRWF, spoke on the significance of Albanian rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust and presented President Topi with the Raoul Wallenberg Medal. Many distinguished members of the Albanian community in the United States attended the ceremony. /?en/news/president-albania-receives.5087.htm

Nobel Laureate Meets with the Wallenberg Foundation

Days after joining the Wallenberg Foundation, Nobel Laureate in Economy Edmund Phelps visit the organization’s office in Argentina. During his visit, Phelps met with renowned writer and Congressman José Ignacio García Hamilton. Phelps’ wife, Argentine born Viviana, was also present.

Why Won’t Yad Vashem Honor Jewish Rescuers?

…The stories of the Jewish rescuers, who braved additional risks by traveling under assumed names on trains and searching the countryside for safe havens for their compatriots, are neglected. No program was devised to acknowledge their deeds, let alone honor them. /?en/news/why-won-t-yad-vashem-honor.4920.htm

A Tree Remembers the Humanitarian Deeds of Three Ribadavians

A tree in honor of Lola, Amparo, and Julia Touza Domínguez grows in a Jerusalem hill. Why? Because they saved several Jews fleeing from Hitler during WWII. The Keren Kayemeth Leisrael and the Council of Ribadavia organized the homage to the three sisters’ ”sacred actions,” as described by Efi Stenzler, Director of the Keren Kayemeth.