January 11, 2017

Survivors and brave opponents to Nazi horror


New anniversary of the disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg

Regarding the touching column of Mr. Francisco Wichter, Holocaust survivor, saved by Oskar Schindler (January 6. “I was part of the Schindler list and I fulfilled my mother’s legacy: survive.”), we allowed ourselves to write these brief lines a few days before a new anniversary which has a high symbolic impact on the world calendar of human rights; We refer to the arrest and disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg – January 17, 1945 – another emblematic figure of the Holocaust.

Raoul Wallenberg (Lidingö, 1912) was a member of one of the most prominent Swedish families, main characters of the financial and industrial scenario of those days, and also today. Leaving a comfortable life behind, he arrived in Budapest on July 9, 1944. In only nine months of work and with the protection of a diplomatic post he saved the lives of thousands of those condemned to death by the Nazi regime.

In 2006 the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires dedicated a day commemorating the Swedish hero, on August 4, the date of his birth. In 1998 a stamp in his honor had been issued by the Argentine Post Office.

These tributes are not in vain. The deed of Wallenberg has echoes that sound with particular emphasis on Argentina, a country in which the figure of the arrested-disappeared has become tragic and globally famous.

We invite the public to visit this 17th of January the magnificent statue that remembers him, made by the famous British artist Philip Jackson, located at the corner of Figueroa Alcorta Avenue and Austria Street, in the city of Buenos Aires , And to lay flowers in memory of Wallenberg.

Eduardo Eurnekian

Baruch Tenembaum