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  • City of Milan honored for saving Jews during Holocaust

     JNS Jewish News Syndicate   Milan honored for helping save Jews from concentration camps during Holocaust The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation named the city an honorary member.   A view of Milan, Italy. Credit: Jöshua Barnett/contemplicity.com via Flickr. (August 18, 2022 / JNS) The city of Milan, Italy, has been named an honorary member of the International Raoul Wallenberg […]

  • The City of Milan becomes Honorary Member of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation

    The City of Milan becomes Honorary Member of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   By Arianna de Felice – August 16, 2022   The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF), an NGO that searches Holocaust rescuers and advocates for their recognition, has bestowed upon the city of Milan the title of Honorary Member. The City of […]

  • The Prime Minister of Israel has a special connection with Raoul Wallenberg

                                    THE BLOGS Baruch Tenembaum A special bond between Wallenberg and Lapid AUG 3, 2022, 11:37 AM Raoul Wallenberg passport photo. (US Holocaust Memorial Museum Raoul Wallenberg lives in my heart every single day of the year, but especially on 4th of August, the day of his birth. This year, we celebrate the 110th birthday of this […]

  • Prime Minister Yair Lapid addresses the IRWF on occasion of the 110 birthday of Raoul Wallenberg

    A letter from Prime Minister Lapid     “Had it not been for Raoul Wallenberg and his courageous and selfless actions, many people would not even be here today – including myself” “As we mark this milestone, I want to take this opportunity to wish the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation continued success in your efforts […]

  • Raoul Wallenberg’s 110th birthday

    Thanks to Raoul Wallenberg, Lapid can lead Israel – opinion Raoul Wallenberg saved thousands of Jews in the Holocaust, including Tommy Lapid, Yair Lapid’s father. By BARUCH TENEMBAUM Published: JULY 26, 2022 21:27 Raoul Wallenberg was born on August 4, 1912, 110 years ago. To be sure, he was one of the most prominent heroes […]

  • Ohio

    We welcome the State of Ohio to our initiative of declaring October 5 as Raoul Wallenberg Day.

  • Remembering Raoul Wallenberg on the year of his 110 Birthday

    Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the war and ended-up disappearing in the Soviet Union, was born on August 4th, 1912. The Embassy of Sweden in Israel held a commemorative event at the private residence of Ambassador Erik Ullenhag, who also acted as Master of Ceremonies. Ms. […]

  • Letter addressed to the Apostolic Nunciature in Buenos Aires by the Armenian Bar Association

    Request to safeguard the Armenian religious and cultural heritage

  • Brazil’s Holocaust Hero

    APR 13, 2022, 12:50 PM     Latin American countries had few diplomats that reached-out to the victims of the Nazi regime but amongst this selected group, the Brazilian Luis Martins de Souza Dantas stands-out. Today, I am remembering this remarkable human being on the 68th anniversary of his passing, aged 78. Souza Dantas was born […]

  • GARIWO celebrates the 10th anniversary of the proclamation of the European Day of the Righteous
  • Raoul Wallenberg Awards in Hungary

    The Raoul Wallenberg Awards were presented in Budapest Our sister organization, the Hungarian Raoul Wallenberg Association, bestowed the Raoul Wallenberg Awards in a moving ceremony that took place on January 25, 2022, at the Rumbach Synagogue in Budapest. The recipients of the prestigious awards are: Kissné, Balázs Barbara – social worker, activist of the March of […]

  • Reflecting on Raoul Wallenberg on the 77 anniversary of his disappearance

                                                    THE BLOGS Baruch Tenembaum Raoul Wallenberg – 77 years without closure   JAN 16, 2022, 10:42 AM Raoul Wallenberg, at the University of Michigan Photo: University of Michigan Heritage Project   […]

  • Unveiling the feats of an unknown Spanish rescuer

    THE BLOGS Baruch Tenembaum   The Secret Diaries of Special Agent 430 DEC 15, 2021, 1:47 PM   Venancio Ramis Coromina Photo Courtesy – Lydia Ramis Last November, Lydia Ramis,  a retired entrepreneuse from Spain, visited Israel and asked to meet with the local staff of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. She wanted to tell us […]

  • Paul Zbinden – a Swiss Holocaust Hero

    THE BLOGS Baruch Tenembaum   Paul Zbinden – An Unsung Holocaust Rescuer NOV 18, 2021, 3:46 PM Paul Zbinden Photo: Wikipedia Last week, the local public television channel, KAN 11, broadcasted the remarkable story of the Swiss Pastor, Paul Zbinden, who saved a Jewish family and probably several other Jewish children during the Shoah. The […]

  • A new Memorial Plaque has been affixed in the Headquarters of Raoul Wallenberg

      A new memorial plaque was affixed in Ulloi Street 2-4, Budapest The site was Raoul Wallenberg’s headquarter from November 1944 till January 1945   This is an initiative of the Raoul Wallenberg Association a sister organization of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   Speeches were delivered by Dr. Jozsef Sebes, President of the Raoul […]

  • The City of Assisi has been declared House of Life

          The ceremony took place on October 27, 2021, coinciding with the celebration of “The Spirit of Assisi”. The event was staged at Via Borgo San Pietro, location of the Saint Colette Monastery, one of the many other monasteries in Assisi that gave shelter to Jews during WWII. Marina Rosatti, Curator of the […]

  • Remembering a Romanian rescuer

    THE BLOGS Baruch Tenembaum   Dr. Traian Popovici was the mayor of Cernăuţi , a town which was under Romanian control during WWII. Nowadays the city is part of Ukraine and known as Chernivtsi. From his post, he was responsible for saving around 20,000 Jews of Bukovina from deportation during the Holocaust. Every October 9th, Romania officially marks […]

  • Remembering Raoul Wallenberg

    Raoul Wallenberg – another birthday with unanswered questions – opinion Coinciding with the 109th anniversary of his birth (August 4, 1912), I would like to reflect on the awe-inspiring legacy of Raoul Wallenberg, one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century. By BARUCH TENEMBAUM   AUGUST 2, 2021 20:43     Raoul Wallenberg(photo credit: Wikimedia lI was born […]

  • Raoul Wallenberg’s 109th birthday

    Remembering Raoul Wallenberg on his 109th Birthday AUG 4, 2021, 11:34 AM Please note that the posts on The Blogs are contributed by third parties. The opinions, facts and any media content in them are presented solely by the authors, and neither The Times of Israel nor its partners assume any responsibility for them. Please […]

  • A Righteous French Family

    A Righteous French Family JUL 18, 2021, 9:39 PM Today’s blog is dedicated to a singular French rescuer and his family. Andre Baccary was born 132 years ago, on July 19, 1889, in a little French hamlet, Montigny-le-Gannelon, some 80 miles Northeast of Paris. He fought for his country in the First World War and […]

  • REMEMBERING SIR NICHOLAS WINTON ON THE SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH

    THE BLOGS Baruch Tenembaum My unforgettable meeting with a British hero JUL 1, 2021, 1:43 AM Please note that the posts on The Blogs are contributed by third parties. The opinions, facts and any media content in them are presented solely by the authors, and neither The Times of Israel nor its partners assume any […]

  • Brother Luigi – The Righteous Dermatologist

    The Righteous Italian Dermatologist JUN 10, 2021, 9:19 AM I would like to dedicate this blog to a remarkable Italian rescuer,  the courageous Dr. Emanuele Stablum, also known as Brother Luigi. He was born 126 years ago, on June 10, 1895, in Terzolas, a tiny Italian village located in the northern region of Trentino-Alto.Dr. Emanuele […]

  • Remembering Milena Jesenka

    Kafka was in love with her MAY 17, 2021, 12:57 AM Please note that the posts on The Blogs are contributed by third parties. The opinions, facts and any media content in them are presented solely by the authors, and neither The Times of Israel nor its partners assume any responsibility for them. Please contact […]

  • The 106 anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

    Remembering the victims of the Armenian Genocide APR 24, 2021, 4:40 PM Armenian RefugeesPhoto: Wikipedia Some three weeks ago, Israel paid tribute to the 6 million martyrs who perished during the Shoah and to the heroes who fought against Nazism. Today, on the 106 anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, my heart goes out to my sisters and […]

  • Maria Agnese Tribbioli – A remarkable woman

    A Courageous Nun APR 19, 2021, 3:29 PM Please note that the posts on The Blogs are contributed by third parties. The opinions, facts and any media content in them are presented solely by the authors, and neither The Times of Israel nor its partners assume any responsibility for them. Please contact us in case […]

  • Pastor Andre Trocme – the rescuer from Le Chambon-sur-Lignon

    The French pastor who made his village a haven for Jews in the Holocaust Upon the occupation of France in June 1940 and the establishment of the Vichy regime, Trocme urged his followers to grant shelter to the “People of the Bible.” By EDUARDO EURNEKIAN, BARUCH TENEMBAUM   APRIL 5, 2021 21:48 PASTOR ANDRE TROCME and wife, Magda.(photo credit: […]

  • Remembering Rev. Gerrit Alberts and his family

    A Righteous Dutch Family March 29, 2021, 12:15 AM This is the singular story of the Alberts family, from Vlaardingen, a peaceful city located in the South of the Netherlands, by the Nieuwe Mass river. Back in 1943, during the Nazi occupation, Reverend Gerrit Alberts, his wife Johanna Cornelia and four of their children, Cornelis, […]

  • Irish rescuer Mary Elmes

    THE BLOGS Baruch Tenembaum An Irish Wonder Woman MAR 8, 2021, 10:55 PM Please note that the posts on The Blogs are contributed by third parties. The opinions, facts and any media content in them are presented solely by the authors, and neither The Times of Israel nor its partners assume any responsibility for them. […]

  • Elisabeth Abbeg – a formidable rescuer

    A Teacher and a Rescuer MAR 3, 2021, 12:02 PM Please note that the posts on The Blogs are contributed by third parties. The opinions, facts and any media content in them are presented solely by the authors, and neither The Times of Israel nor its partners assume any responsibility for them. Please contact us […]

  • Irena Sendler was born 111 years ago

    2,500 names in glass jars FEB 15, 2021, 10:55 AM . rena Sendler Photo: Stefan Maszewski / AFP – Getty Images FILE Irena Sendler was born in Otwock, near Warsaw, 111 years ago, on February 15, 1910, to Janina Karolina (née Grzybowska) and to Dr. Stanislaw Krzyzanowski, a physician and political activist of the Polish […]

  • The legacy of Monsignor Angelo Rotta

    Angelo as in ‘Angel’ JAN 31, 2021, 9:12 PM Thanks to my solid Jewish education, ever since I was a child I cherished the concept of “Hakarat Hatov” – The Recognition of Goodness. This has led me to establish the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and seek acknowledgement for those who made a difference. Decades of research have exposed […]

  • The International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Times of Israel

    THE BLOGS Baruch Tenembaum A day to remember victims and rescuers JAN 26, 2021, 10:29 AM On November 1, 2005, the 42nd plenary session of the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 60/7, designating January 27 as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 60 years earlier, on January 27, 1945, the Red Army liberated the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration […]

  • Times of Israel – We have not forgotten you, Mr. Wallenberg

    JAN 17, 2021, 2:03 PM Raoul Wallenberg briefing his collaborators – Photo Karl Gabor It is quite understandable that so many words have been written about Raoul Wallenberg, one of the most heroic figures of the 20th century. At the early age of 32, this scion of one of the most influential families in Sweden, plunged […]

  • Ha’aretz – What is Russia Hiding

    Opinion |  What Is Russia Hiding? Did Stalin kill him? And why? Until Putin reveals his fate, Raoul Wallenberg is still Russia’s prisoner A Hungarian woman touches the memorial stone of late Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg in St. Istvan park of Budapest on August 1, 2012.Credit: ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFPBaruch TenembaumGet email notification for articles from […]

  • Another anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg’s disappearance

    OPINION: ‘We should not abandon Raoul Wallenberg’ Raoul Wallenberg’s diplomatic passport. Photo: NTB Sweden/Pressens Bild” Raoul Wallenberg was one of the greatest heroes of humankind. He, who risked his life to save innocent lives, should not be left behind,” writes Baruch Tenembaum, founder of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, in this opinion piece. On January […]

  • A tribute to Chiune Sugihara

    THE BLOGS Baruch Tenembaum Happy Birthday, Mr. Sugihara DEC 31, 2020, 9:52 AM Chiune Sugihara was born 121 years ago, on January 1, 1900 in Yaoutsu, Japan. From an early age, he was a bright student. Following his graduation from the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo, he started his diplomatic career. He held his first […]

  • Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa – 59th anniversary of his death

    A Cardinal Rescuer DEC 21, 2020, 11:53 AM Cardinal Elia Angelo Dalla Costa was the Archbishop of Florence from 1931 till his death which occurred 59 years ago, on December 22, 1961.Cardinal Elia Dalla CostaPhoto: Wikipedia During the dark days of the Holocaust, he played a pivotal role in a massive and well-orchestrated Jewish-Christian campaign, dubbed […]

  • Maria Edwards – A Chilean Rescuer

    A Righteous Chilean Lady DEC 8, 2020, 1:14 PM Maria Edwards was born in Santiago, Chile, on December 11, 1893, 127 years ago, into a prominent Catholic family. Her father, Agustin, was a legendary political figure in his country. By the end of the 19th century he became Chairman of the Chilean Senate. Her brother, Agustin […]

  • Pope John XXIII – a true friend of the Jews

    The young generations should be aware of the goodness of this great man. By BARUCH TENEMBAUM    NOVEMBER 23, 2020 20:44   POPE JOHN XXIII – during the dark days of WWII, he felt the tragic plight of the Jewish people. Pope John XXIII, known as “The Good Pope,” was born 139 years ago, on November 25, […]

  • Kristallnacht anniversary is a good time to remember a German heroine

    THE BLOGS Baruch Tenembaum A counterpoint to Kristallnacht NOV 8, 2020, 1:55 PM In the first half of November, two contrasting dates come to my mind. One represents evil at its purest form; the other, the loftiest essence of goodness. On the night of the 9th of November 1938, 82 years ago, an orgy of savage […]

  • Nostra Aetate – 55th Anniversary

    Nostra Aetate – The Legacy of The Good Pope THE BLOGS Baruch Tenembaum NOV 1, 2020, 10:52 AM Please note that the posts on The Blogs are contributed by third parties. The opinions, facts and any media content in them are presented solely by the authors, and neither The Times of Israel nor its partners […]

  • Johan Hendrik Weidner – A Dutch rescuer

    A Dutch Angel OCT 15, 2020, 11:33 AM Please note that the posts on The Blogs are contributed by third parties. The opinions, facts and any media content in them are presented solely by the authors, and neither The Times of Israel nor its partners assume any responsibility for them. Please contact us in case […]

  • CHARLES AZNAVOUR – SINGER AND HERO

    Remembering Charles Aznavour SEP 30, 2020, 1 Charles Aznavour passed away two years ago, on October 1, 2018, at the age of 94. For more than six decades, he was recognized as one of the most important artists in the world but few people know the awe-inspiring role he had played as a young person, together […]

  • Letter on the New York Times regarding the Catholic Church and the Holocaust

    The Catholic Church and the Holocaust Sept. 14, 2020   OpinionLETTERS Readers react to new revelations from the Vatican’s previously sealed archives. Pope Pius XII in the Vatican.Credit ANSA, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images To the Editor: Pope Pius XII was a complex figure, and David I. Kertzer’s preliminary findings reveal the already known […]

  • Varian Fry’s Legacy

        The Blogs   Baruch Tenembaum Sep 10, 2020Varian Fry – an unlikely American heroAs the 53rd anniversary of his passing is approaching, I would like to celebrate the courageous life of Varian Fry. This young and brilliant editor, arrived in German-occupied France in early August 1940 as an emissary of the Emergency Rescue […]

  • Remembering Gertrud Luckner, a singular rescuer

    Dr. Gertrud Luckner (born Jane Hartman) was a singular heroine of the Holocaust. She resisted Nazism and played an instrumental role in reaching-out to many Jews, either by actually rescuing them or by assuaging their bitter plight. . She passed away on August 31, 1995, 25 years ago and I would therefore like to share […]

  • Remembering Jorge Luis Borges on his 121st Birthday

    ‘We are all Greek and Hebrew’ Many years later, before the end of the 20th century, I founded the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. By BARUCH TENEMBAUM   AUGUST 23, 2020 21:17 DAVID BEN-GURION meets in Buenos Aires with Baruch Tenembaum and Jorge Luis Borges to his right.(photo credit: MARC TURKOW CENTER/AMIA) Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos […]

  • Remembering Giorgio Perlasca on a new anniversary of his death

    Giorgio Perlasca: The Great Pretender The stories of the rescuers of the Holocaust have two great points in common. All resisted joining the camp of horror, risking what they were and had. No one, in any way, was exempt from the high price that the noblest actions carry in certain periods of history. These stories […]

  • Celebrating the 108th birthday of Raoul Wallenberg: An unlikely hero

    This young Swede demonstrated how one compassionate person can make a significant difference. By BARUCH TENEMBAUM   AUGUST 3, 2020 21:00 Raoul Wallenberg (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons) As the founder of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, I am always emotionally overwhelmed when we approach this date. This August 4th, we celebrate the 108th birthday of Raoul Wallenberg, one […]

  • Remembering Raoul Wallenberg on his birthday

    Remembering Raoul Wallenberg  Baruch Tenembaum writes about the Righteous among the Nations, Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews in Budapest, Hungary, during the Holocaust.  I have dedicated my adult life to the recognition of goodness. That is how, by the end of the last century, an idea was born: […]

  • The IRWF pays tribute to Portuguese diplomat – Aristides de Sousa Mendes

      A special meeting of the Board of the IRWF took place on June 17th, 2020, coinciding with the Day of Conscience. It is believed that on June 17th, 1940, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, decided to ignore the directives of the Portuguese government, outlined in the infamous Circular 40, and following his own humanitarian conscience […]

  • COMMEMORATING THE 77TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WARSAW GHETTO UPRISING

    The IRWF pays tribute to the martyrs and heroes who took part in one of the most heroic revolts in history The Warsaw Ghetto uprising started on April 19th, 1943, exactly 77 years ago, as a result of the cruel oppression suffered by the Jews under the Nazi occupation. Warsaw had the largest ghetto in […]

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  • King Felipe VI omits to apologize for expulsion of the Jews from Spain

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  • A new House of Life proclaimed in Rome

    The “Istituzione Teresiana” has been officially recognized as a House of Life by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. This institution saved the lives of Jews and other people persecuted by the Nazis during the 9-month long occupation of the Germans in WWII The ceremony took place at Villa Ximenes, headquarters of the institution, with the attendance […]

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  • Day of Memory 2020 at the Liceo Classico e Linguistico I. Kant (Rome).

    January 28, 2020 – The Liceo Classico e Linguistico I.Kant (Rome), in collaboration with the Wallenberg Foundation and the Associazione I.T.A.C.A., hosted a special conference entitled: “The Jews at the Garbatella: an oral history experience”. The students of the writing expression laboratory of the High-School presented to the public the findings of their research about […]

  • Putin: Open the archives

        In response to “what happened to the greatest humanitarian of the 20th century”, by Prof. Irwin Cotler. Few people have such a deep knowledge about the heroic and tragic story of Raoul Wallenberg like Prof. Irwin Cotler does. Prof. Cotler dealt with Wallenberg’s issue from as early as the 1970’s and cooperated with […]

  • Upcoming screening of the documentary film, The Albanian Code, directed by Yael Katzir and co-sponsored by the IRWF.

    THE ALBANIAN CODE Directed by Yael Katzir (Israel, 2019, 56 min) Using unique archival footage, The Albanian Code unveils the unknown story of thousands of Jewish refugees who were rescued by the Muslim-majority country of  Albania during World War II. Ennie Altaratz -Francis, who was saved escaping from Yugoslavia, decides to go to Albania to thank whoever she […]

  • Pope Saint John XXIII and the Houses of Life

        The Board of the Wallenberg Foundation has resolved to erect a monument that will pay tribute to the life and humanitarian feats of Angelo Roncalli By BARUCH TENEMBAUM, EDUARDO EURNEKIAN  Back in 2014, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) launched the Houses of Life educational program. Since then, hundreds of sites that gave shelter to […]

  • IRWF’s Houses of Life program was presented at the European University of Tirana (UET)

    Tirana- 16 December 2019 – Following an official invitation by the Rector of the UET, Prof. Dr. Nevila Nika, Mr. Danny Rainer, Vice-President of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and Head of the Israeli representation of the NGO, presented a lecture before graduate students and Professors of the Social Sciences Department at the UET. Amongst […]

  • A bust of Raoul Wallenberg was placed in Italy at the Airport of Florence

    If you want to comment this news: board-irwf@irwf.org Photo by Giuseppe Cabras/New Press Photo The unveiling of the bust was made on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, at Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport. The bust was commissioned by the IRWF and was created by Dr. Peter Bulow, an American acclaimed sculptor and psychiatrist. The bronze pedestal was designed by […]

  • Rome Istituto Pio XI is a new House of Life

    On 18 October 2019, a sunny Roman Friday, about 250 people witnessed the proclamation of the Salesian Institute PIO XI as a new “House of Life” by the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. The distinction is granted in recognition of the role played by the educational institution during the Holocaust. During the Nazi occupation of Rome, parents […]

  • Jewish Boy Saved by Righteous Gentile Nanny in Mumbai Attack Celebrates Bar Mitzvah

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  • A NEW HOUSE OF LIFE PROCLAIMED IN ITALY

    15 September 2019 – The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) has proclaimed the Bristol Hotel in Bellaria Igea Marina as a new House of Life, in recognition of the life-saving feats of his owner, Mr. Ezio Giorgetti and the Marshall of the Carabinieri, Oscar Osman Carugno who jointly saved a group of Jews who fled […]

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  • The Raoul Wallenberg Foundation proclaimed a new House of Life

    In Hinterbruhl, Austria In Hinterbruhl, AustriaThe ceremony took place at the SOS Kinderdorf site (originally Count Motesickzky mansion) on August 21, 2019, with the attendance of local authorities, diplomats and relatives of the rescuer. Houses of Life is a program lead by the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, an educational NGO created by ! Baruch Tenembaum and […]

  • A UNIQUE MONUMENT PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE AMIA BOMBING

     JULY 16, 2019   A suicide bomber drove his explosives-loaded van into the building of the Jewish Community (AMIA-Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina), killing 85 people and injuring hundreds. BY EDUARDO EURNEKIAN On July 18, 1994, the center of Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina, was shattered by a huge explosion. A suicide bomber drove his […]

  • Bundestag Member, Cem Ozdemir, was awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Medal

    Berlin – June 19, 2019 In a moving ceremony that took place at the Chapel of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche, Bundestag Member, Cem Ozdemir was awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Medal in recognition of his role in building bridges between Armenians and Turks and his pivotal contribution as a driving force behind the Bill passed by the Bundestag […]

  • Towns in Tuscany, Italy, proclaimed Houses of Life by the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation

    The towns of Pitigliano, Sorano, Manciano, Valentano and Fernese have been declared Houses of Life by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation in a moving ceremony that took place on May 26th, 2019, at the Synagogue of Pitigliano (La Piccola Gerusalemme – Little Jerusalem). A House of Life plaque was affixed at the above mentioned synagogue, […]

  • The “Istituto San Leone Magno” of Rome has been officially proclaimed “House of Life”

    Istitute San Leone Magno The Istituto San Leone Magno (Institute of San Leone the Great) is a renowned school in Rome, from pre-school through high-school (Scientific Lice) run by the Marist Brothers. It was established in 1887 and its motto is “Estote Sapientes” (“Be Wise”). During the Holocaust, particularly between 1943 and 1944, under the courageous […]

  • RAOUL WALLENBERG – THE END OF A DREAM

    Nina was Raoul Wallenberg’s younger half-sister, born nine years after him. BY BARUCH TENEMBAUM   APRIL 12, 2019 05:34 On April 5, Nina Lagergren passed away at the age of 98. Nina was Raoul Wallenberg’s younger half-sister, born nine years after him. Recommended by Their mother, Maria “Maj” Sofia Wising married Fredric von Dardel six years after […]

  • In Memoriam Rabbi Dr. Ernst Max Stein

    In Memoriam Rabbi Dr. Ernst Max Stein (10/5/1929 – 21/3/2019). Member of the Executive Board of the IRWF Former Community Rabbi of Berlin By Danny Rainer – Head of the Israeli Representation of the IRWF Celebrating his 90th birthday A few months ago, just before his 90th birthday, our beloved Rabbi Dr. Ernst Max Stein, passed away. […]

  • REFLECTING UPON THE HEROISM OF VICTIMS AND RESCUERS ON HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

    This is a magnificent gesture from the leader of the country that leads the free world. BY BARUCH TENEMBAUM Holocaust Remembrance Day gives us an opportunity to commemorate and honor the memory of the victims of the Nazi persecution, one of the darkest chapters in human history. The importance of this day was recently underscored by […]

  • Aristides de Sousa Mendes: resisting dictatorships

    Baruch Tenembaum On April 3, 1954, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese diplomat and hero of the Second World War directly responsible for having saved the lives of tens of thousands of people persecuted by Nazism, passed away. His rescue actions at the beginning of World War II were emulated by diplomats from different parts […]

  • The Metropolitan Cathedral Mural in honor of the victims of the Shoah and the attacks of the Embassy and the AMIA

    Located in the main Catholic temple of Buenos Aires, it symbolizes the fraternity between the two religions. This is its fascinating history. Today, March 17, marks the 27th anniversary of the attack on the Embassy of Israel in Buenos Aires in 1992. Five years after the tragic event, in April 1997, a unique initiative of […]

  • Jerusalem Post – A POSITIVE MOVE BY POPE FRANCIS

    Although there was a collective effort by the Catholic Church to save Jewish children, many questions remain, such as the degree of the pontiff’s involvement and the underlying motivation. BY BARUCH TENEMBAUM, EDUARDO EURNEKIAN – MARCH 9, 2019 For many years, the figure of Pope Pius XII was both vilified and defended in connection to his alleged […]

  • INFOBAE -The Raoul Wallenberg Foundation remembers Miep Gies, the woman who hid Anne Frank and her family from Nazi persecution

    To commemorate the 110th anniversary of  the birth of Miep Gies, the foundation decided to institute an award named after this remarkable savior. Austrian by birth, Miep Gies is credited with recovering Anne Frank’s intimate diary. Miep Gies was born in Austria on February 15, 1909,  and was adopted at the age of 11 by a Dutch family. She lived the rest of her long life in […]

  • The IRWF remembers Carl Lutz

    The incredible story of Carl Lutz, Swiss diplomat who saved 60,000 people from Nazi death camps The feat of the vice-consul stationed in Budapest, Hungary, was remembered by the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation on the 44th anniversary of his death. “He was one of the most outstanding saviors of victims of the Holocaust. His heroic deed […]

  • “Guardia di Finanza” (Financial Police) in Rome is declared House of Life in honor of the officers who saved persecuted people during the Shoah

    Rome, January 28, 2019 – On the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation declared “House of Life” Guardia di Finanza (Financial police) at its “General Sante Laria” station in Rome, Italy. “Houses of Life” is a program created by the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, an educational NGO originated in Argentina […]

  • Albania proclaimed House of Life by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation

    January 27, 2019 In a moving ceremony that took place in Tirana, at the South-West corner of the garden overlooking the Office of the President, a commemorative House of Life plaque was unveiled, proclaiming the country of Albania as a House of Life. The Government of Albania was represented by President Ilir Meta, Minister of Culture, […]

  • The Jerusalem Post – THE DISAPPEARANCE OF RAOUL WALLENBERG- A 74-YEAR-OLD MYSTERY

    Thanks to his ingenuity and courage, Wallenberg is believed to have saved the lives of scores of Jews. Raoul Wallenberg. (photo credit: WIKIMEDIA) Back in the beginning of the millennium, I co-founded the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, together with my dear friend, the late US congressman and Holocaust survivor, Tom Lantos. I was born before […]

  • INFOBAE – The Raoul Wallenberg Foundation will proclaim Albania as “House of Life”

    The ceremony will be held in the capital Tirana with the presence of the Albanian president, Mr. Ilir Meta December 25, 2018   The president of the Republic of Albania, Ilir Meta, received a delegation from the Wallenberg Foundation, chaired by its founder, Baruj Tenembaum, and its vice-president, Albert Levy, to thank the NGO’s decision […]

  • State of North Carolina

    We welcome the State of North Carolina to our initiative of declaring October 5 as Raoul Wallenberg Day. We very much thank Gov. Roy Cooper.

  • Following an IRWF initiative – Ten American States have proclaimed October 5th, 2018, as Raoul Wallenberg Day

    On October 5, 1981, Raoul Wallenberg became the second person in history to be awarded Honorary U.S. Citizenship. This great honor was bestowed on Wallenberg for his remarkable rescuing mission that saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. In memory of that day and to further honor Wallenberg’s legacy […]

  • Remembering the proclamation of a House of Life in Denmark

    Two years ago, on November 1, 2016, the IRWF proclaimed the Bispebjerg Hospital as a House of Life. The ceremony took place at the chapel of this prestigious hospital in Copenhagen. During the Second World War, the Danish people were involved in one of the largest rescue operations known by mankind. As a result of this […]

  • The IRWF remembers Cardinal Angelo Roncalli (Pope John XXIII)

    60 years ago, on October 28th, 1958, Angelo Roncalli became Pope John XXII 7 years later, on October 28th, 1965, his successor, Pope Paul VI, proclaimed the Declaration of the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, or Nostra Aetate, which was originally conceived by Pope John XXIII and was the expression of a new era […]