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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.

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

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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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

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