On January 17, a virtual commemoration was held to honour Canada’s honorary citizen Raoul Wallenberg. It included Holocaust survivors, scholars, diplomats and historians who paid tribute to Wallenberg’s legacy. If you fast forward to minute 4.45, you will see a recorded message from the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ann Linde.(
The event was organized by George Preger, founder of OVED for Human Rights, in cooperation with the Swedish Embassy in Canada and the Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Centre in Montreal.
Mr. Preger also forwarded the inspiring TED-talk given by a 99-year-old Holocaust survivor about his advice to the younger generatio
„I do not hate anyone. Hate may destroy your enemy, but will also destroy you in the process.“
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Baruch Tenembaum, founder of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF), published a series of personal tributes in several international publications. Mr. Tenembaum underlined the need and his continuing commitment to clarify the full circumstances of Raoul Wallenberg’s fate. Read more on the home page of the IRWF.
On the spirit of resistance and the history of the human rights movement, I highly recommend reading and watching the fascinating interview with Aryeh Neier that was recently released by the Fritz Bauer Blog of the Buxus Foundation. Aryeh Neier is President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations and a co-founder of Human Rights Watch. He is the author of
The International Human Rights Movement: A History
While you are visiting the Buxus Foundation website, also be sure to check out the plans for the construction of the future Fritz Bauer Forum, a new international human rights center located in Bochum, Germany. The Fritz Bauer Forum already exists in digital form online and is dedicated to the defense of democracy and human rights. It is named for the legendary German Federal Prosecutor Fritz Bauer who fearlessly put the perpetrators of Auschwitz as well as members of the Nazi judiciary and Nazi physicians on trial after World War II. The Fritz Bauer Forum is tentatively scheduled to open its doors in the spring of 2023. For additional information click here
In Memoriam – Honoring and Remembering the Victims
On January 27, at 7:00 pm local time, the Temple Sinai of Toronto will screen the contemporary dance film, Footprints/Lábnyomok. The screening will be followed by a discussion about the role of the arts in Holocaust remembrance with Rabbi Dolgin, film-maker Laurence Siegel and choreographer Phyllis Whyte. This performance, filmed in Budapest at the site of the “Shoes” sculpture along the banks of the Danube river, pays tribute to the nearly half million Hungarian Jews murdered in the Holocaust. For more information, please consult the Temple Sinai website.
The Raoul Wallenberg Academy in Stockholm has developed a special project for students and teachers to keep the stories and experiences of the Holocaust alive for coming generations. You can find more information about this project called Story Keepers on the Raoul Wallenberg Academy website.
Songs of the Holocaust: Dos eInte Kind (The lonely child)
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Music of the Holocaust
6045 25th Rd N
Arlington, VA 22207
Phone: + 1 571 594 170137