The Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States
expresses its gratitude to the New York City Council for
Re-Naming a Major Avenue in Honor of 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
the New York City Council that recently passed legislation
renaming 13th Avenue (a major thoroughfare in Borough Park,
Brooklyn), Raoul Wallenberg Way. "Raoul Wallenberg
was a Swedish diplomat who risked his life to save Hungarian
Jews during the Holocaust," said the New York City
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 avenue re-naming in honor of Raoul Wallenberg was introduced
by several City Council Members including David G. Greenfield,
back in October 2011. At the time, Greenfield said, "Raoul
Wallenberg is one of the great heroes, humanitarians and
righteous gentiles of World War II
Thanks to Raoul,
thousands of my constituents are here today." The legislation
passed the City Council unanimously on February 28, 2012
and was sent to Mayor Bloomberg for his signature.
Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim, Chairman of The Raoul Wallenberg
Committee of the United States, said, "The legislation
passed by the New York City Council demonstrates New York
City's commitment to recognizing true humanitarians. We
are eagerly looking forward to Mayor Bloomberg's signature
recognizing the newly named avenue."
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.