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Barack Obama addresses Eduardo Eurnekian, Chairman of the Wallenberg Foundation


US President Barak Obama sent a letter to Eduardo Eurnekian, Chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, praising the spontaneous voluntary actions in favor of the human rights cause.

It should be remembered that in the centennial year of the birth of the "Hero without a Grave", the US President devoted to Raoul Wallenberg, for the first time ever in US history, a special and exclusive televised message. In return, Eurnekian appreciated the gesture of the Head of State by means of a special video filmed for the occasion.
 
Historical interfaith ceremony at the Cathedral of Buenos Aires
On the February 28th, 2014, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires organized an interfaith ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires in the memory of Cardinal Antonio Quarracino (1923-1998) on the anniversary of his death.
The ceremony was conducted by the Memorial Mural to the Victims of the Holocaust, inaugurated by Quarracino in 1997, following an initiative of Baruch Tenenbaum, the founder of the IRWF. The mural is located in the Chapel of the Virgin of Lujan in the main Catholic temple in the country. Quarracino was remembered for his work in fostering inter-religious dialogue.

In an atmosphere of deep reflection and recollection, over a hundred people gathered in the chapel where the remains of Cardinal Quarracino are buried. The chosen date not only coincided with the day of the death of former primacy, but was the one suggested by Pope Francisco to Tenenbaum and Eduardo Eurnekian, chairman of the IRWF, during a conversation that two of them had in Vatican in September of 2013 with the Pope, one of the first honorary members of the foundation.
 
Mind-boggling


Sir, – Raoul Wallenberg’s niece, Marie Dupuy, raises a strong and valid demand on behalf of her family (“Wallenberg’s family demands access to key documents in his case,” Comment & Features, March 12).

The central archives of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) should allow unfettered access to documentation that could shed light into the fate of her uncle, one of the greatest rescuers in the history of mankind. The fact that almost 70 years after Wallenberg’s abduction and disappearance the Russians are still reluctant to offer access to vital information is absolutely mind-boggling.

For many years now, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has stood by Prof. Guy von Dardel, his widow, Matti, and his daughters Louise and Marie in their just quest to secure reliable answers to this tragic affair. Their noble perseverance is a source of inspiration for us.
 
Story of a Saved Life
In the photo: Khachatur Aznavuryan in the middle with his granddaughter Karine Hunanyan, Susanna Ananikyan from the left, Khachatur’s mother Babayants Susanna from the right, first from the left above Aram Aznavuryan, Susanna and Amalia Aznavuryan and Khachik Hunanyan. City Stalino (Donetsk, Ukraine), 1953

September last year, during the meeting with the head of the Jewish community in Armenia Rima Varjapetyan we were informed about an article published in their newspaper “Magen David” which tells about a heroic and never highlighted episode of a famous family. We could not help starting research activities.
The story is about the relatives of world famous singer Charles Aznavour. This story began when the part of famous Aznavuryan dynasty moved from Tbilisi to Ukraine and settled in city Yuzovka that was renamed to Stalino in 1924. Khachatur Aznavuryan was living in this city where local Ukrainians called him Christopher Aznaurov. 
He was born in Tbilisi in 1890. His father Sedrak was a baker and mother Susanna Babayants was a housewife. The family had four children, eldest son Hayk, Khachatur (Christopher) and daughters Araksya and Arpenik. All children had a wonderful voice and were singing at the local Armenian Church on Sundays.
Christopher (Khachatur) was the first to move to Ukraine; afterwards his brother Hayk and sisters Arpenik and Araksya also moved to Stalino. They all lived in one yard. Like all other soviet citizens the Aznavurovs lived modest typical for the period of Stalin repressions.

In the photo: below right Khachatur Aznavuryan (Christopher Aznaurov), Amalia Aznavuryan, from the left Susanna Ananikyan, above right Aram and Susanna Aznavuryanner. City Stalino (Donetsk, Ukraine), 1937

But Christopher managed to open a small restaurant-cafe during those years and it coincided with the Second World War and the occupation of the city Stalino by fascists.
The Germans entered the city in October 21, 1941 and immediately started the persecution and murders of the Jewish population. Aznavuryans were first living on Larinka Street and later moved to Desyati Linia Street. The granddaughter of the Armenian hero Karine Hunanyan told us the following story of a saved Jewish girl during our meeting. 
She did not remember whether it was Larinka Street or Desyati Linia but a Jewish family was living beside the house of Aznaurov’s. And when the so-called “Black Crow” cars appeared and collected Jews from the sanctuaries and the ruins of the bombed city, the Armenians could not save them from the clutches of death, as they would be sentenced to death at once without any trials.
 
Wallenberg’s family demands access to key documents in his case
The Source: THE JERUSALEM POST

My late father, Guy von Dardel, was Raoul’s maternal half-brother and fought for over six decades to learn the full circumstances of Raoul’s disappearance.

In the 1990s, the former MGB investigator Boris Solovov secretly told a Swedish-Russian commission that the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg had been held as “Prisoner No.7” in Lubyanka Prison in 1947. Yet the FSB Central Archive refuses to allow Wallenberg’s family access to documentation that could confirm Solovov’s claim.


In November 2009, the archivists of the Central Archive of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) informed two researchers who had been investigating Raoul Wallenberg’s fate for many years – Vadim Birstein and Susanne Berger – that on July 23, 1947, a still unidentified “Prisoner No. 7” had been interrogated for over sixteen hours in Lubyanka Prison.

The FSB released only a heavily censored copy of the page in question. It showed that two other prisoners had been questioned together with “Prisoner No. 7”, on the same day, for the same length of time.
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Barack Obama addresses Eduardo Eurnekian, Chairman of the Wallenberg Foundation
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:50


US President Barak Obama sent a letter to Eduardo Eurnekian, Chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, praising the spontaneous voluntary actions in favor of the human rights cause.

It should be remembered that in the centennial year of the birth of the "Hero without a Grave", the US President devoted to Raoul Wallenberg, for the first time ever in US history, a special and exclusive televised message. In return, Eurnekian appreciated the gesture of the Head of State by means of a special video filmed for the occasion.
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Historical interfaith ceremony at the Cathedral of Buenos Aires
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00
On the February 28th, 2014, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires organized an interfaith ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires in the memory of Cardinal Antonio Quarracino (1923-1998) on the anniversary of his death.
The ceremony was conducted by the Memorial Mural to the Victims of the Holocaust, inaugurated by Quarracino in 1997, following an initiative of Baruch Tenenbaum, the founder of the IRWF. The mural is located in the Chapel of the Virgin of Lujan in the main Catholic temple in the ...
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Mind-boggling
Written by The Jerusalem Post   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00


Sir, – Raoul Wallenberg’s niece, Marie Dupuy, raises a strong and valid demand on behalf of her family (“Wallenberg’s family demands access to key documents in his case,” Comment & Features, March 12).

The central archives of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) should allow unfettered access to documentation that could shed light into the fate of her uncle, one of the greatest rescuers in the history of mankind. The fact that almost 70 years after Wallenberg’s abduction and disappearance the Russians are still reluctant to offer access to vital information is absolutely mind-boggling.

For many years now, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has stood by Prof. ...
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Story of a Saved Life
Written by Artiom Chernamorian   
Sunday, 16 March 2014 00:00
In the photo: Khachatur Aznavuryan in the middle with his granddaughter Karine Hunanyan, Susanna Ananikyan from the left, Khachatur’s mother Babayants Susanna from the right, first from the left above Aram Aznavuryan, Susanna and Amalia Aznavuryan and Khachik Hunanyan. City Stalino (Donetsk, Ukraine), 1953

September last year, during the meeting with the head of the Jewish community in Armenia Rima Varjapetyan we were informed about ...
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Wallenberg’s family demands access to key documents in his case
Written by MARIE DUPUY   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 02:49
The Source: THE JERUSALEM POST

My late father, Guy von Dardel, was Raoul’s maternal half-brother and fought for over six decades to learn the full circumstances of Raoul’s disappearance.

In the 1990s, the former MGB investigator Boris Solovov secretly told a Swedish-Russian commission that the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg had been held as “Prisoner No.7” in Lubyanka Prison in 1947. Yet the FSB Central Archive refuses to allow Wallenberg’s family access to documentation that could confirm Solovov’s claim.


In November 2009, the archivists of the Central Archive of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) informed two ...
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Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal to José Manuel Barroso
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On March 4th, 2014, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, received the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal.

The medal was presented by Eduardo Eurnekian, Chairman of the Wallenberg Foundation, in the presence of the founder of the NGO, Baruch Tenembaum.
Louise von Dardel, niece of Raoul Wallenberg, also attended the ceremony.
“Anti-Semitism and other forms of racism and discriminations have no place in European society and should indeed have no place in any society”, said the President of the European Commission, Jose-Manuel Barroso as he received Tuesday the Centennial Medal of ...
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Bezalel Students pay tribute to Raoul Wallenberg
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Sunday, 23 February 2014 19:34
The IRWF, the Bezalel Academy and the Swedish Embassy will explore different cooperation options to promote and divulge the exhibit

The art exhibition “Portraits of Raoul Wallenberg”  was inaugurated yesterday at the private residence of HE Carl Magnus Nesser, Swedish Ambassador to Israel.
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Armenian physician honored by Israel for saving Jews during the Holocaust
Written by Public Radio of Armenia   
Sunday, 16 February 2014 00:00
Haroutyoun Khachatryan, a military physician during World War II, has been posthumously awarded the “Righteous among the Nations Award” by the Jewish “Yad Vashem” institute-museum.

During the event on 4th February Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel to Armenia Mr. Shmuel Mayrom and Honorary Consul of Israel in Armenia Ashot Shakhmuradyan handed the medal to Haroutyoun Khachatryan’s granddaughter, Armenian singer Anna Khachatryan.

According to the Ambassador Shmuel Mayrom, the story of Haroutyoun Khachatryan was revealed due to The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, which awarded the Khachatryan family last year in the presence of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.

The ...
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Wallenberg’s family to appeal to Russia in hope to shed light on diplomat’s fate
Written by Radio-Voice of Russia   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00
The family of the famous Nazi-time Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued thousands of Jews from Holocaust, is going to appeal directly to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in order to gain access to classified archives believed to contain files that could shed some light on the hero’s fate. This is according to a US news portal Global Post.

Wallenberg’s niece is due to arrive in Brussels on Monday carrying a letter for the Russian leader ahead of the EU-Russia summit the following day. Louise von Dardel said she was optimistic that the trip would make a difference. “I wouldn’t ...
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Inconsistent criteria for ‘righteousness’
Written by Haaretz.com   
Saturday, 08 February 2014 07:55


Who is righteous enough for Yad Vashem raises a legitimate claim

In the past few years, we at the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation have submitted a large number of well-documented dossiers to Yad Vashem dealing with hitherto unknown or poorly substantiated cases of rescue. A significant proportion of those cases were crowned with success, namely their protagonists ended up being recognized as Righteous among the Nations. Other files, however, got dragged into some kind of an attrition struggle or sheer deadlock in what could be described as an “arbitrary” approach by Yad Vashem.

Most of the stalled cases are related to high-profile diplomats who, in our view, went ...
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A Righteous under Yad Vashem’s scrutiny
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 22:34
Are some Righteous less ‘righteous’ than others?

Raoul Wallenberg Foundation made us aware of the tale of Gilberto Bosques Saldívar, a Mexican diplomat who implemented, as he wrote in 1944, “ the policy of my country, helping, giving material and moral support to the heroic advocates of the Spanish Republic, of the brave paladins of the struggle against Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Petain and Laval.” As a consul in Marseilles he allowed many Jews and antifascists to flee to Mexico forging documents for them. This is why the Germans confined him in Bad Godesberg for one year, violating the Convention about the treatment of ...
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International Day of the Remembrance of the Holocaust at the UN headquarters in New York
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00








Professional staff of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) attended the annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony on January 27, at the United National headquarters in New York city.

This date was institutionalized as the International Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust in 2006, and the topic this year was “Journeys through the Holocaust”.


The ceremony started with a videotaped message by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon. He recalled the experience of his visit to the extermination camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau just a few months ago as a deeply sad one and yet inspiring, saying that ...
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Who left Raoul Wallenberg behind?
Written by Haaretz.com   
Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00
Sixty-nine years after his disappearance, both Sweden and Russia have the chance to rehabilitate their shameful silence about the heroic diplomat.

On January 17, 1945, 69 years ago, Raoul Wallenberg left Budapest, together with his personal driver, Vilmos Langfelder, for a meeting with the Soviet commander, Marshal Malinovsky, at Debrecen.

Wallenberg’s idea was to discuss with the Soviet Marshal the future of the surviving Hungarian Jews. Instead, both were taken into “protective custody” by the feared NKVD, which was associated with Stalin’s secret police, and never resurfaced up to this very day.

Wallenberg had arrived in Budapest on July 9, 1944, after having ...
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The International Raoul Wallenberg foundation congratulate again Khachatrian's family
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00


Yad Vashem institute-museum recognized the Armenian citizen Harutyun Khachatryan as a “Righteous among Nations” for the first time in July 2013. The awarding ceremony of the Khachatryan family by the Israeli delegation will take place in Yerevan on February 4, during which a certificate of the “Righteous among Nations” will be handed to the family of the Armenian hero. 
 
Raoul Wallenberg International Foundation is more than 3 years, along with a number of other projects, involved in the identification of those Armenian heroes who have displayed exclusive courage during the World War II and saved hundreds of lives, particularly Jews who had appeared in the clutches of death.    ...
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Eduardo Eurnekian says thanks to Robert Morgenthau
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Monday, 13 January 2014 00:00
On 9 January 2014 the Chairman of the International Raoul Wallenberg’s Foundation, Eduardo Eurnekian, met Robert Morgenthau, District Attorney for New York County from 1975 to 2009 and next of kin to a family with a decisive political position during Franklin D. Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt administrations. Eurnekian met Morgenthau in order to express the gratitude of the Wallenberg Foundation for the key humanitarian role played by his family on behalf of persecuted people, Armenians, Jewish and Gypsies among many other minorities, during WWI and WWII.

Robert Morris Morgenthau is an American lawyer. From 1975 until his retirement in 2009, he was the ...
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The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) is proud to announce a new Documentary Film about Raoul Wallenberg and to be the fiscal sponsor
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Friday, 03 January 2014 00:00


The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) is proud to announce a new Documentary Film about Raoul Wallenberg and to be the fiscal sponsor.


New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon and two-time Emmy Award winning Producer Brian Mait are joining forces with Director Brad Rothschild and Executive Producer Alex Ruthizer to tell the larger than life story of Raoul Wallenberg, the young heroic Swedish, who in 1944 left his life of luxury to volunteer for a dangerous mission to save 100,000 Hungarian Jews from certain death.
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Great Concert. The lost European Raoul Wallenberg
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:00
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation proudly announces the concert “The Lost European Raoul Wallenberg” that will be held at the Congress Centre of Lugano, Switzerland, on Thursday, 2 January 2014, at 8:30 pm. This singular event is organized by Mr. Giorgio Lundmark.

Raoul Wallenberg is the Swedish diplomat that saved the lives of thousands of Jews in Budapest, in 1944-45. He was arrested on 17 January 1945 by the Red Army and went missing into the Soviet Gulag in circumstances that have not yet been clarified by the Russian government. The concert will be performed by renowned musicians.

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More than 300 Armenians participated in the burial service on December 7
Written by Artiom Chernamorian   
Sunday, 15 December 2013 00:00



Photo: Jerusalem Armenian Patriarchate cenobite, commandant of archimandrite Yeretsyan, specially invited from the States to Israel, during the sermon


More than 300 Armenians participated in the burial service that took place at St. Nicholas monastery of Jaffa on December 7. Year 2013 was the 25th anniversary of Spitak earthquake and hundreds of people had arrived, even from the ...
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Greek President receives the Wallenberg Centennial Medal
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Saturday, 23 November 2013 06:02
On 18 November 2013 the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) presented the “Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal” to the President of Greece, Karolos Papoulias. The ceremony took place at the Presidential Palace in Athens.

Receiving the award from the foundation’s chairman Eduardo Eurnekian and its founder Baruch Tenembaum, President Papoulias said that it was an honour for him and the Greek people.

President Papoulias said that human rights and democratic freedoms are being tested in an unacceptable manner and repeated the statement he made last July when he visited Auschwitz saying that “those who deny this sacrifice of ...
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A Part of the Whole – Jews
Written by Public TV of Armenia   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 00:00
 
 
 The first reference about Jews in Armenia first appears in the „Armenian History“ of Movses Khorenatsi with the following quotation. “According to semi mythical tradition, Jews appeared in the territory of Armenia after the occupation of Jerusalem by Navuhodonosor 2 King in B.C. 586. Groups of Jews were resettled in Armenia by kings Tigran 2 and Artavazd in the first century B.C.”.
Jews live next to us, preserving their culture, religion and traditions. One of the ancient Jewish cemeteries of the Western world, dating back to 11-13th c. is situated in village Yeghegis of Vayot Dzor region, Armenia. ...
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