February 9, 2005

Worldwide campaign ”100.000 names for 100.000 lives” reaches 10,000 signatures

After six decades of the disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation launched a worldwide campaign to collect 100,000 signatures, as many as the lives saved by the ”Hero without a grave”. The signatures will be presented to the United Nations to urge the solution of one of the most controversial and unresolved cases of modern history.

The campaign has reached the first 10,000 signatures.

Wallenberg was only 32 years old when he was appointed First Secretary of the Swedish diplomatic mission in Budapest. On arriving at the Hungarian capital he found that only about 200,000 Jewish citizens had not yet been sent to the death camps. Adolf Eichmann himself was efficiently carrying out this macabre task.

He was last seen on January 17th 1945, when Soviet military men escorted him to the headquarters of the Red Army in Debrecen, east of Budapest.

Since then Wallenberg’s whereabouts remain unknown.