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“Raoul de Budapest”. A tango for Wallenberg

The Raoul Wallenberg Foundation commissioned the composition of a tango dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg.

 
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.

 
Exemplary decision of the Argentine Supreme Court in favor of freedom of Speech. Even the harshest criticism has constitutional protection

The Wallenberg Foundation must not indemnify grandson of Argentine diplomat accused of letting Argentine Jews die by the hands of the Nazis during WWII

Argentine Supreme Court of Justice overturned a judgment in favor of the grandson of a diplomat stationed at the Argentine Embassy in Berlin during the Nazi regime. After the “International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation” had accused the diplomat of letting Argentine Jews die, the diplomat´s grandson sued the Foundation for damages. Now, the Highest Court held that “it cannot be deemed to be a gratuitous insult; on the contrary, it is a harsh questioning, of a kind not unusual in historical disputes.”

Juan Carlos Hipólito Irigoyen, grandson of Luis Hernán Irigoyen, former diplomat stationed at the Argentine Embassy in Berlin during the Nazi regime, sued “The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation” for damages. The defendant had stated that the plaintiff’s grandfather was “responsible for letting approximately 100 Argentine Jews die in the gas chambers.”

The complaint in the case “Irigoyen, Juan Carlos Hipólito c/Fundación Wallenberg y otros/ daños y perjuicios”, (“Irigoyen, Juan Carlos Hipólito v. Wallenberg Foundation et al/damages”), was successful at first instance and at the Court of Appeals, and the defendant was ordered to pay ARS (Argentine peso) 50,000 (approximately USD 6,000) in compensatory damages.

With the suport of attorneys Israel Imar, Paul Warszawski, Carlos Raúl Sánchez and Gustavo A. Bossert as counsels, the Wallenberg Foundation appealed the decision before the Nation’s Supreme Court of Justice, which with the vote of five of its six Justices, Ricardo Lorenzetti, Elena Highton de Nolasco, Enrique Petracchi, Eugenio Zaffaroni and Juan Carlos Maqueda, upheld the appeal and vacated the prior judgment.

 
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.

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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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