May 27, 2003

Renowned intellectual receives distinction in Paris

The Ambassador of Argentina before France, Juan Archibaldo Lanús and the Founder of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, Mr Baruch Tenembaum, were the hosts of an international event that took take place on 27 May 2003 at the Argentine Embassy in Paris before a numerous and distinguished attendance.

On the occasion, the ”Raoul Wallenberg Award” was presented by Mr Tenembaum to Professor Nathan André Chouraqui, one of the most celebrated intellectuals of the XXth century. The award recognizes his life time career and dedication to the promotion of the values of dialogue and understanding in the interconfessional area. Professor Chouraqui is a member of the International Angelo Roncalli Committee.

Renowned international lawyer and humanist, Dr. Samuel Pisar, delivered a speech on behalf of the Wallenberg Foundation along with Jean Pierre Bendahan, Vicepresident of the IRWF.

The IRWF created this award to stimulate all people of good will who have demonstrated through their life an unwavering commitment to upholding the humanitarian values which Raoul Wallenberg stands for.

The Raoul Wallenberg Award was presented for the first time in the year 2000. It was received then by businessman Oscar Vicente and former Swedish Ambassador to Argentina, Peter Landelius. In 2002 the recipients were Israeli Ambassador Hertzl Inbar and Spanish Congressman Gustavo de Arístegui.

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation is an NGO that carries the name of the Swedish diplomat, savior of tens of thousands of Jews and others persecuted by Nazism. Its mission is to educate within the example of the values of solidarity and courage manifested by the Saviours of the Holocaust.