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Past and present of Armenia in her whole wonderful dimension

 

April 2015 will mark a hundred years since the Armenian Genocide, this unfathomable loss has created a huge void in the collective conscience of the Armenian people. The genocide is a deep scar that throughout the history, the past and present of the Armenian People. It is impossible to approach the history of the Armenian people without mentioning the Genocide. Nevertheless, the Genocide alone is not sufficient to promote Armenian values and education, dwelling with the past without a clear vision of the future is pointless.  For this we need vivid examples and references to understand Armenian history’s dimension without demeaning efforts to build a future of progress and prosperity for Armenians of today and tomorrow. It is imperative to save Armenia from oblivion.


A few months away from the Genocide centennial, a great opportunity lies ahead to preserve Armenian ancient for the future. Different approaches to Armenian factors allow us to make contact with this exciting and yet disconcerting reality. On one hand it’s exciting, because that’s how Armenian culture is, but on the other hand puzzling because it is difficult to understand how such a rich and intense legacy remains not sufficiently widespread. Therefore, we must undertake a well-organized project of global diffusion that would allow us to preserve everything that Armenia means to the world; its history, its culture; in short, its legacy as a guide to action and education for future generations.

 
Q&A with … Eduardo Eurnekain

The Raoul Wallenberg Legacy of Leadership

Eduardo Eurnekian 

Chairman of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation

Born in 1932, Eduardo Eurnekian is an Argentine entrepreneur who currently presides as CEO and President of Corporación América, 1st Vice President of the Argentine Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Executive Board of the International Chamber of Commerce, President of the Inter-American Trade and Production Council and Chairman of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.

 

01 What is the relevance of Raoul Wallenberg s story today?

Raoul Wallenberg s story is one of solidarity and empathy. As such, it is timeless.

He could have pursued a relatively comfortable life with a bright future. Instead, he plunged himself into wartime Hungary and devoted himself to reach-out to the victims of the Nazi persecution and extermination machine.

 
The Birth of a Hero

Raoul Wallenberg was born into an aristocratic Swedish banking family on 4 August 1912, and his father died when Raoul was three months old. Raised by his mother and grandfather, he studied architecture, then joined his family’s banking business, and gained experience in a branch of the Holland Bank in Haifa, Palestine, where he first came in contact with Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. Returning to Sweden, where he continued his banking and business career, in 1944, he learned that the Swedish government was looking for an appropriate candidate to work in its embassy in Budapest, Hungary, as a cover for the US-based War Refugee Board. The purpose was to save the remnants of Hungarian Jewry, which at the time was being systematically decimated by the Germans, who had occupied Hungary on March 19, 1944, and their Hungarian collaborators.

On 9 July 2014, Swedish-born diplomat Raoul Wallenberg was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony in the U.S. Congress. The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) was the driving force behind the initiative to present the prestigious award to the Swedish hero. We hope that this well-merited recognition by the US Congress will raise the awareness to Wallenberg’s legacy and personal fate, and will serve as a catalyst to resolve the mystery of his disappearance in the hands of the Soviets.

 
Identifying and honoring Muslim rescuers of Armenians

Eurnekian: “This is an unchartered territory waiting to be discovered”

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) and Kaloosdian/Mugar Chair – Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, join forces in a major research effort under the supervision of Prof. Taner Akcam

Eduardo Eurnekian, Chairman of the IRWF announced the launching of an ambitious research project which will identify Turks and Kurds that reached-out to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Eurnekian elaborated further: “The main mission of the IRWF is to unveil untold stories of rescue and solidarity. The issue of the Muslim rescuers who went out of their way to save Armenians at the beginning of the 20th century, was not properly studied yet. This is an unchartered territory waiting to be discovered. It is a great honor to join forces with Prof. Taner Akcam and his Chair at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University in an attempt to identify and honor the many Turks and Kurds that lended a hand to their Armenian neighbors in one of the darkest periods of mankind. We do the same concerning the Holocaust. Rather than focusing on the evil, we strive to highlight the spirit of solidarity of the women and men who, like Raoul Wallenberg, oftentimes risked their own lives to save others. This is our duty towards those saviors and above all, our obligation towards the young generations that should be aware of these role models”.

 
Armenian Cultural Days Took Place in Israeli War Situation

Days of Armenian culture took place in Israel from July 7-12. The Armenian delegation was headed by the Minister of Culture of Armenia Hasmik Poghosyan, accompanied by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia in Israel Armen Melkonyan (residence in Cairo) and the Honorary Consul of Armenia in Israel Tsolak Momjyan.

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Past and present of Armenia in her whole wonderful dimension
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

 

April 2015 will mark a hundred years since the Armenian Genocide, this unfathomable loss has created a huge void in the collective conscience of the Armenian people. The genocide is a deep scar that throughout the history, the past and present of the Armenian People. It is impossible to approach the history of the Armenian people without mentioning the Genocide. Nevertheless, the Genocide alone is not sufficient to promote Armenian values and education, dwelling with the past without a clear vision of the future is pointless.  For this we need vivid examples and references to understand Armenian ...

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Q&A with … Eduardo Eurnekain
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00

The Raoul Wallenberg Legacy of Leadership

Eduardo Eurnekian 

Chairman of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation

Born in 1932, Eduardo Eurnekian is an Argentine entrepreneur who currently presides as CEO and President of Corporación América, 1st Vice President of the Argentine Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Executive Board of the International Chamber of Commerce, President of the Inter-American Trade and Production Council and Chairman of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.

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The Birth of a Hero
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00

Raoul Wallenberg was born into an aristocratic Swedish banking family on 4 August 1912, and his father died when Raoul was three months old. Raised by his mother and grandfather, he studied architecture, then joined his family’s banking business, and gained experience in a branch of the Holland Bank in Haifa, Palestine, where he first came in contact with Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. Returning to Sweden, where he continued his banking and business career, in 1944, he learned that the Swedish government was looking for an appropriate candidate to work in its embassy in Budapest, Hungary, as a cover for the US-based War Refugee Board. ...

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Identifying and honoring Muslim rescuers of Armenians
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

Eurnekian: “This is an unchartered territory waiting to be discovered”

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) and Kaloosdian/Mugar Chair – Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, join forces in a major research effort under the supervision of Prof. Taner Akcam

Eduardo Eurnekian, Chairman of the IRWF announced the launching of an ambitious research project which will identify Turks and Kurds that reached-out to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Eurnekian elaborated further: “The main mission of the IRWF is to unveil untold stories of rescue and solidarity. The issue of the Muslim rescuers who went out of their way to save ...

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Armenian Cultural Days Took Place in Israeli War Situation
Written by Artiom Chernamorian   
Saturday, 19 July 2014 15:58

Days of Armenian culture took place in Israel from July 7-12. The Armenian delegation was headed by the Minister of Culture of Armenia Hasmik Poghosyan, accompanied by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia in Israel Armen Melkonyan (residence in Cairo) and the Honorary Consul of Armenia in Israel Tsolak Momjyan.  

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Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg and recognition to the Wallenberg Foundation
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 00:00

On 9 July 2014, Swedish-born diplomat Raoul Wallenberg was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony in the U.S. Congress.The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, created by Baruch Tenembaum, was the driving force behind the initiative to present the prestigious award to the Swedish hero. The project was launched back in 2011 and the Board of the IRWF resolved not to disclose the Foundation’s involvement in order to focus purely on Raoul Wallenberg.The project was launched under the auspices of Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) announced that they introduced companion bills ...

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Honoring Congressional Gold Medal Recipient Raoul Wallenberg: One Man Who Made a Difference
Written by Huffpost World   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

Two years ago marked the centennial of the birth of a truly remarkable man, the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. In 2012, the year was spent celebrating his life and achievements — and not just in Sweden and the United States, but in Hungary, in Israel, and in countless other locations around the globe. His courageous and brilliant actions in Budapest during World War II that saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust deserve our respect, admiration and emulation.

This coming Wednesday on July 9, the American Congress will speak for all Americans and convey a powerful message through ...

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Eduardo Eurnekian receives recognition at the US Congress
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

 Eduardo Eurnekian, president of the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, will receive a public recognition at the US Congress next 9 July, coinciding with the posthumous presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who helped save thousands of persecuted by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

The ceremony will take place at the Congress of the United States. Members of the Senate, House of Representatives, diplomats, artists, intellectuals and community leaders will attend to recognize the work of the Argentine businessman for his work devoted to promote the values ​​of solidarity and civic courage, ethical cornerstones of the rescuers of the Holocaust. Baruch Tenembaum, ...

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Diplomatic and political consultations held between Foreign Ministries of Armenia and Israel
Written by ARMENPRESS   
Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00

YEREVAN, JUNE 18, ARMENPRESS

On June 18, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, diplomatic and political consultations were held between the Foreign Ministries of Armenia and Israel. The Armenian delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Manasaryan, and the Israeli delegation was headed by the Deputy Director General for Eurasia at MFA-Israel, Ambassador Anna Azari. As "Armenpress" was informed from the Department of Press, Information and Public Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the consultations a wide range of issues on the agenda of the Armenian-Israeli relations were discussed, which were related to the future development and expansion of mutually beneficial ...

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Synagogue in Argentina to be named after Raoul Wallenberg
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

In an event that probably has no precedents in the history of the Jewish People, a synagogue will be named after a Gentile, Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who rescued scores of persecuted during the Holocaust. The Synagogue is located in the village of Las Palmeras, a tiny little Jewish Colony in the province of Santa Fe, a few miles away from Moisesville, one of the best known Jewish colonies in Argentina.

The decision was made by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, an educational NGO based in New York. The said organization, presided by Eduardo Eurnekian and founded by Baruch Tenembaum, ...

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Holocaust hero is a role model for us all
Written by Guardian.co.uk   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00



Letters



It is with great delight that we read your report on Sir Nicholas Winton’s 105th birthday. Both of us had the privilege to meet him in June 2013, at the residence of the Swedish ambassador in London. On behalf of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, we presented the Wallenberg Centennial Medal to former prime minister Gordon Brown for his services to educating young people about the Holocaust and its rescuers.

One of our most distinguished invitees was Sir Nicholas Winton. Before the ceremony, we sat and talked with him for an hour in the residence library. His wit and alertness, coupled with an ...

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A 105-year-old hero
Written by The Times of Israel   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 00:00
In 1938 Sir Nicholas Winton saved the lives of 669 Jewish children. He kept the story to himself for 50 years.

Last June 27th, both of us had the unique privilege of meeting in the flesh a 104-year old hero. This took place in London, at the residence of Ms. Nicola Clase, Ambassador of Sweden in the UK.

Representing the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, we specially flew to the British capital to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, for his unwavering support to the ...
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‘Recognizing Armenian genocide is a moral imperative for Jews’
Written by The Jerusalem Post   
Friday, 16 May 2014 00:00
Knesset speaker maintains discussion does not blame any modern country, but shows Israel identifies with victims of massacre.

As Jews, we must recognize the suffering of the Armenian people, even if we do not blame anyone, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said on Tuesday at a plenum discussion of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

“This discussion does not blame any modern country, rather it shows that we identify with the victims of the massacre and its terrible outcome,” he said.

“We are not placing blame; we are acting like Jews and being faithful to the truth and the suffering of ...
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Israeli Parliament will hold special meeting to pay tribute to Pope John XXIII
Written by Radio Jai   
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00
Eduardo Eurnekian: “This initiative is a well-merited tribute to one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century”

Next 13 May, the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) will pay an unprecedented tribute to Pope John XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, in recognition of his humanitarian activities during the Holocaust and of his contribution to the promotion of the interreligious dialogue.

In the 1940s, while serving as Apostolic Delegate in Istanbul, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli helped save the lives of thousands of European Jews persecuted by the Nazis. Later, during his tenure as Pope John XXIII, he was the great promoter of a new climate of dialogue, respect and ...
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A saint and a savior
Written by The Jerusalem Post   
Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00
By BARUCH TENEMBAUM, EDUARDO EURNEKIAN*

Quite symbolically, this ceremony took place one day before the commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel.

On April 27, 2014, the late popes John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized by the incumbent Pope Francis. Quite symbolically, this ceremony took place one day before the commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel.

Quite remarkable is that the fact that Pope Francis happens to be one of the very first members of the Wallenberg Foundation, which he joined at the time he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, ...
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John XXIII the ‘best pope for Jewish people’
Written by AFP   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00


Pope John XXIII, who will be canonized on Sunday, was “the best pope in history for the Jewish people,” says one of the founders of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.

John XXIII, who will be made a saint along with John Paul II at the Vatican, is credited with saving thousands of Jews during the Holocaust and opening the door to Judeo-Christian dialogue, Baruch Tenembaum told AFP in an interview at the Foundation’s New York headquarters.

The Italian-born John XXIII, whose given name was Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, “did ...
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Exclusive video. Movses Haneshanyan, 103 years old, survivor of the Armenian Genocide
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00


Watch the video!

On the eve of World War I, there were two million Armenians in the declining Ottoman Empire. By 1922, there were fewer than 400,000. The others — some 1.5 million — were killed in what historians consider a genocide.

As David Fromkin put it in his widely praised history of World War I and its aftermath, “A Peace to End All Peace”: “Rape and beating were commonplace. Those who were not killed at once were driven through mountains and deserts without food, drink or shelter. ...
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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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