The Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States
expresses its gratitude to Members of the US House of Representatives
for Participating in a Remembrance for Raoul Wallenberg
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Diane Blake, President (917) 606-8260
(NEW YORK, NY) February 29, 2012 - The Raoul Wallenberg
Committee of the United States expresses its gratitude to
Members of the US House of Representatives who on February
28, 2012, took part in a memorial ceremony in Hungary in
commemoration of the Raoul Wallenberg centenary.
The year 2012 marks the centenary of the birth of Raoul
Wallenberg, who in 1944, at the request of the United States
government, traveled from his native Sweden to war-torn
Hungary to save Jews threatened by the Nazis. Official United
States post-war documents state that the 32 year-old Wallenberg
was responsible for saving over 100,000 Hungarian Jews.
On January 17, 1945, he was arrested by Soviet troops and
never seen again by the free world.
The recent American delegation included Representatives
Dan Burton (R-IN), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Ruben Hinojosa
(D-TX), Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Frederica Wilson (D-FL).
The delegation participated in a ceremony at the Raoul Wallenberg
monument in Budapest along with Hungarian officials and
Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim, Chairman of The Raoul Wallenberg
Committee of the United States, said, "Having a bi-partisan
delegation of Congressional Representatives visit Europe
and officially participate in a memorial for Raoul Wallenberg,
demonstrates the continued significance of Wallenberg's
humanitarian legacy, and the continued gratitude of the
people of the United States of America."
To celebrate the 100th Birthday of this unparalleled hero
and Third Honorary Citizen of the United States, The Raoul
Wallenberg Committee of the United States and Representatives
of the government of Sweden will mark the occasion with
the presentation of The Raoul Wallenberg Civic Courage Award
to NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly at The Yale
Club of New York City on November 7, 2012.
For more information on the historic legacy of Raoul Wallenberg,
or to learn more about the November 7, 2012 award ceremony,
please call 917-606-8260 or visit www.raoulwallenberg.org.
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The Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States,
a New York City based 501(c)3, was established in 1981 to
educate the American public about the heroic and humanitarian
actions taken by Raoul Wallenberg.