Canada honors Raoul Wallenberg with a postage stamp

20-01-2013,
Raoul Wallenberg Canadian stamp

A new Canadian Raoul Wallenberg stamp has been delivered with a 1944  Raoul Wallenberg passport photo. The stamp includes an image from the Schutz-Pass, a protective pass, which Raoul Wallenberg handed out to people in the Jewish communit.

Steven Fletcher Canadian Minister of Transport said « I am pleased to inform the House that Raoul Wallenberg’s legacy will be honoured by Canada Post with a Raoul Wallenberg commemorative stamp.

Our government is proud to honour Canada’s first honorary citizen on the 100th year of his birth. The sacrifices he made to save tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Second World War will always be remembered. »

Urgent appeal for direct access to essential russian archives

18-01-2013, by Marta S. Halpert, ed. Politik wissenschaftliche tagung

Halpert reports from the Raoul Wallenberg conference co-sponsored by the Diplomatische Akademie, Wien, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut, Graz as well as the Embassies of Sweden, Israel and Hungary, November 14, 2012. She reports of the urgent appeals by several conference participants to Russian archivists to  finally grant  direct access to essential archives and analyzes the remarks by Hungarian historian Maria Schmidt about the experience of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.

More in german > Gut verpackte Judenschelte

The story of Raoul Wallenberg

03-01-2013, by Sandra Boland, ed. Irish Association of Social Worker

The story of Raoul Wallenberg-Eternal Lessons and Inspiration for the Profession of Social Work

The Holocaust was an exception in history, a systematic plan to eradicate an entire people, the Jewish people. The Jewish people were the prime victims of the nazi regime. In 1933 nine million Jews lived in the 21 European countries which would be occupied by Germany during the Second World War. By 1945 two out of every three Europeen Jews had been killed. But Jews were not the only victims. There were more than 11 million victims in total, 6 million Jews and more than 5 million additional victims, targeted because of nationality, ethnicity, religious beliefs, political affiliations, disability or sexual orientation.

More than any other individual Raoul Wallenberg would stem the tide of horror… Read more> 

The Swedish Foreign Affair and Interpol

30-11-2012,

Letters between Interpol, Max Grunberg and the Swedish Government concerning Raoul Wallenberg’s Fate.

Raoul Wallenberg was fighting for justice, liberty, life and dignity

22-11-2012, ed. The Gazette

“The first thing is instead of fighting against the Nazis or against anti-Semitism, he was fighting for justice, liberty, life and dignity,” Raoul Wallenberg’s niece Louise von Dardel said.

“And as he was working for these basic values, he attracted lots of people who wanted to work with him. And (because of) his courage, people in contact with him lost their fear, too, and above all, the fear of death,” von Dardel added.

Wallenberg’s humanitarian achievements show it is possible to overcome apparently insurmountable odds when you stand up for what you believe is right, she said.

“We have hundreds of excuses” for not taking a stand — whether it is on environmental protection, civil rights, economic justice or war, von Dardel said.

She quoted the famous line, attributed to Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

“Today, if we don’t face the problem, it will be a catastrophe, financially, ecologically, militarily and for liberty,” she said.

Von Dardel called on Canada and other Western governments to pressure Russia to release the facts on Wallenberg’s incarceration and death.

She noted that time is running out to render justice to Wallenberg while some of those he helped are still alive.

Read more>

Der Retter von Budapest

20-11-2012, by Stephan Löwenstein, ed. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der schweidishe Diplomat Raoul Wallenberg brache Juden in Sicherheit.

More>

The Mysterious Fate of Raoul Wallenberg

11-11-2012, by David Matas,

David Matas writes about Raoul Wallenberg who helped so many was never rescued himself.

The many layers of mystery that need to be solved begin with Raoul Wallenberg’s arrest in January 1945, when the Soviets took over Budapest. Why did they arrest Raoul Wallenberg and ship him back to Moscow? Soviet foreign intelligence records from Hungary and Sweden for the period 1943 to 1945, which could answer this question, have not been released, leaving us in the dark right at the onset of our investigation.

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/mysterious+fate+Raoul+Wallenberg/7532564/story.html#ixzz2CEUMC4lz
Read more

AP Exclusive: Memos show US hushed up Soviet crime

10-09-2012, by Randy Herschaft, ed. AP Press

The American POWs sent secret coded messages to Washington with news of a Soviet atrocity: In 1943 they saw rows of corpses in an advanced state of decay in the Katyn forest, on the western edge of Russia, proof that the killers could not have been the Nazis who had only recently occupied the area.

The testimony about the infamous massacre of Polish officers might have lessened the tragic fate that befell Poland under the Soviets, some scholars believe. Instead, it mysteriously vanished into the heart of American power. The long-held suspicion is that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt didn’t want to anger Josef Stalin, an ally whom the Americans were counting on to defeat Germany and Japan during World War II.

Documents released Monday and seen in advance by The Associated Press lend weight to the belief that suppression within the highest levels of the U.S. government helped cover up Soviet guilt in the killing of some 22,000 Polish officers and other prisoners in the Katyn forest and other locations in 1940.

The evidence is among about 1,000 pages of newly declassified documents that the United States National Archives is releasing Monday and putting online. Historians who saw the material days before the official release describe it as important and shared some highlights with the AP. The most dramatic revelation so far is the evidence of the secret codes sent by the two American POWs — something historians were unaware of and which adds to evidence that the Roosevelt administration knew of the Soviet atrocity relatively early on.

More ->

Other Swedes in the Gulag complicate Raoul Wallenberg search

22-08-2012, by Susanne Berger, ed. The Local

Possibilities of unknown Swedes and Raoul Wallenberg in Vladimir prison and throughout the Soviet Gulag. By removing a major element of confusion, proper identification of three unknown “Swedish” Red Cross officials would undoubtedly help to move the search for Raoul Wallenberg a big step forward.

In October 1956, in his first interview with Swedish officials after his release from Vladimir prison, Austrian citizen Otto Schöggel stated that while in Vladimir in the spring of 1955, he had briefly spent time with a Swedish prisoner.

Makinen and Kaplan, together with Raoul Wallenberg expert Susan Mesinai, are currently investigating the statements of several other former prisoners who say they met a Swedish prisoner in Vladimir, accused of espionage, in the years 1955 -1970.

More about swedes in the Gulag and the Raoul Wallenberg search

US$ 500 000 reward offered by IRWF

11-08-2012,

Baruch Tenembaum and Eduardo Eurnekian, Founder and Chairman of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF), announced the decision to increase to U$S 500,000 the sum of the reward being offered by the IRWF to any person or entity who could provide solid and provable information on the whereabouts of Wallenberg and his chauffer, Vilmos Langfelder.

See more about the announcement