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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.

 
Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg and recognition to the Wallenberg Foundation

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 today to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on Raoul Wallenberg, a hero who saved thousands of lives during Nazi occupation of Hungary during World War II.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 today to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on Raoul Wallenberg, a hero who saved thousands of lives during Nazi occupation of Hungary during World War II.

During the luncheon the following speakers addressed the audience: Senators Kristen Gillibrand, Ted Cruz, Ben Cardin, Carl Levin, Lindsey Graham, Al Franken, Mark Kirk and Johnny Isakson. Representatives Gregg Harper, Doug Lamborn, Erik Paulsen, Chris Van Hollen, Paul Gosar, Jim McDermott, Gregory Meeks, Brad Schneider, Steve Cohen, Randy Hultgren, Bob Goodlatte, Robert Pittenger, Steve Stockman, Jim McGovern and Dana Rohrabacher. Irwin Cotler, Member of the Canadian Parliament; Mark F. Brzezinksi, US Ambassador to Sweden; Per Westerberg, Speaker of the Swedish Parliament; Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs; Rosie Rios, US Treasurer; Marie Dupuy, niece of Raoul Wallenberg and Nina Lagergren, sister of Wallenberg.

 
Honoring Congressional Gold Medal Recipient Raoul Wallenberg: One Man Who Made a Difference

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 the bestowal of the Congressional Gold Medal to remember the courageous acts of Raoul Wallenberg.

Wallenberg was a diplomat who chose not to be indifferent and to rise to a higher moral calling.

We remember and revere this courageous man whose efforts saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust. Wallenberg risked his life, and ultimately gave his life, for his commitment to basic values. We all have the obligation to ponder the full measure of Wallenberg’s personal sacrifice and tragedy.

Born into wealth, for Wallenberg turning a blind eye to the hardship and suffering of others would have been easy. Instead, as First Secretary at the Swedish Legation in Budapest, Hungary during the darkest days of World War II, Wallenberg demonstrated a sense of self-sacrifice to the greater good of his fellow human beings that is a lesson to us all.

 
Eduardo Eurnekian receives recognition at the US Congress

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, founder of the Wallenberg Foundation, will attend the event along with Wallenberg’s sister, Mrs. Nina Lagergren.

Eurnekian will receive the art piece “Guardian of the Legacy of the Saviors”, by renowned architect and sculptor Frank Meisler. “This is a unique specimen, registered in honor of Eduardo Eurnekian.”

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Armenia Already Has An Ambassador In Israel
Written by Artiom Chernamorian 05.11.12


Since the appointment of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Israel Eduard Nalbandyan in the position of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia in 2008, Armenia had no Ambassador in Israel. Before that the seat of the Ambassador of Armenia was in Paris.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Israel Mr. Armen Melkonyan handed over his credentials to the Israeli President Shimon Perez. The residence of the Armenian diplomat is in Egypt, but according to the Ambassador, he will visit Israel 3-4 times a year to get acquainted to the problems of the local Armenian communities. Armenians living in Israel, especially former Armenian citizens have to leave for Armenia to solve any passport issue and the Honorary Consul of Armenia does not have authorization to solve such problems. 

However, during those days the Ambassador had managed to have several meetings with the representatives of the Armenian communities from three major centers, inhabited by Armenians. After a visit to the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem and a meeting with community leaders, Armen Melkonyan, accompanied by the Honorary Consul of Armenia in Israel Mr. Tsolak Momjyan, arrived to St. Nicholas Medieval monastery located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Here he was welcomed by the community representatives of city Jaffa, headed by Mr. Poghos Ghukasyan and the founding members of “Nairi” Union of Armenians in Petah-Tiqwa. Several issues were discussed during the meeting, including those connected with the restoration of expired passports and admission of documents.

The Ambassador mentioned. “There is someone sitting in the National Voter Registry with a pile of papers. He looks whether the document matches the requirements or not. If not, just puts those documents aside. He does not think that these people have dreamed about an independent Armenia”. 
Mr. Melkonyan said that the Armenian Consul must be sent from Egypt to Israel at least three times in a year, although the issue will also be discussed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.
 
Talking about the appointment of the new Ambassador, ex-Ambassador of Israel to Armenia from 2001 to 2004 Mrs. Cohen added that she knows Mr. Melkonyan personally from her diplomatic mission in Armenia and is sure that he will do everything possible to strengthen and develop the relationships of Armenia with Israel.

 
Translation from Armenian by Amalia Harutyunyan


http://www.azatutyun.am/media/video/24749672.html


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