August 14, 2005

Raoul Wallenberg’s destiny


Last week two parallel events took place.

The Russian submarine, trapped in the depths of the ocean, was rescued and its crew freed from near death following a world-wide attempt to fight for the freedom and lives of the Russians trapped.

The same days, Raoul Wallenberg marked yet another birthday. He too is trapped. Trapped in the same country that saw its sons imprisoned by the ocean.

But while the forces of nature saw the victory of men when joined together in an international effort to rescue the trapped innocents; The forces of men need yet to find that victory, that effort that will finally rescue the trapped hero, Raoul Wallenberg.

It is somewhat ironic, a bitter-sweet coincidence that the Russian people were able to be rejoiced by the freeing of its countrymen while somewhere in Russia are the whereabouts of a hero whose family, the people he saved, and all those who fight for freedom, celebrate for the 60th time a birthday of oblivion. He cannot rejoice, his family, countrymen and the world are yet to have the sigh of relief when he, like those in the submarine, is free again.

The IRWF launched the international campaign ”100,000 names for the 100,000 lives” to find out the destiny of the Swedish diplomat at All the collected signatures will be presented to the Russian Government and the Secretary General of the United Nations to urge the solution of one of the most controversial cases in the history of humankind.

Baruch Tenembaum

Translation: IRWF