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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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Past and present of Armenia in her whole wonderful dimension
Written by The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation 12.08.14

 

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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Armenian physician honored by Israel for saving Jews during the Holocaust
Written by Public Radio of Armenia 16.02.14
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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A Part of the Whole – Jews
Written by Public TV of Armenia 19.11.13
 
 
 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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Unions and Political Parties of Jerusalem Will Continue the Cooperation
Written by Artiom Chernamorian 29.05.13
In the photo: The representatives of Jerusalem Revolutionary and Democratic Liberal Parties, Union Baresirats with the participation of  Koryun Archimandrite Baghdasarian from the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem


The concluding session of April Events' Committee took place at Jerusalem Homenetmen Club on Friday, May 23. 

The leaders of the two traditional active parties in Jerusalem, with the participation of «Baresirats» Union and support of the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem founded the committee of April events months ago, the purpose of which was to arrange the events connected with the commemoration of the victims of the Armenian Genocide and carry out ...
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A Day in Armenia's Life – Amazing landscapes
Written by By Boaz Mizrahi 26.12.12
In the Caucasus area, the mountainous landscape ranging from peaks of over 4000 meters high, down to – 400 under sea level, is located Armenia, relatively a small country in territory but very very rich in all the rest.

Armenian people was once a great empire but fell from its greatness during the years in history and was dominated and ruled by other empires, the latest were the Ottoman Empire and the Soviet Union.
Despite many changes of regime, the Armenian people always managed to preserve its identity and its authentic culture. The independence that Armenia achieved in the beginning of the 90's is nowdays showing flourishment and the ...
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President Serzh Sargsyan Invited an Extraordinary Meeting with the Heads of Diplomatic Missions
Written by President.am 31.08.12

President Serzh Sargsyan today invited Heads of diplomatic missions of the UN member States and Heads of the offices of the international organizations accredited in Armenia for an extraordinary meeting. During the meeting the President presented them with the position of the Republic of Armenia and the decision that had been made by the National Security Council on the covert transfer by the Hungarian authorities to Azerbaijan of Ramil Safarov, a perpetrator of ethnic hatred motivated murder of the Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan in 2004 in Budapest.


Remarks by the President of the ...

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Marco Polo in Armenia – the female explorers of the Magma Challenge
Written by Karen Shavit 20.06.12

The time was just before Shavu'ot holiday. These days, my own personal world is turning around a big project (collage sale), that its topic is about First fruits. I find my thoughts being occupied quite a lot with firstling. As the eldest daughter, that after her two sons were born, I know this place quite well and I also feel most comfortable with it. For me, elderness is not a burden at all, but a way of life instead, which I probably chose to my self.
I know how to recognize those little places and points of pleasure in new experiences, in making ...

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France reiterated its commitment to universal values: Sargsyan tells Sarkozy
Written by Public Radio Of Armenia 24.12.11

23.12.2011 18:46

President Serzh Sargsyan sent a letter to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France on the occasion of adoption of the bill that makes it a crime to deny the Armenian Genocide. President Sargsyan expressed gratitude to his French counterpart, underscoring that France reiterated its commitment to universal values.

“Respected Mr. President,,

The adoption of the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial by the National Assembly of France just 2.5 months after your historic visit to Armenia and your words uttered at the Armenian Genocide Memorial and later at the French Square in Yerevan, is the best evidence of your personal ...

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Turkish Leaders “Will Bow”: Sargsyan tells French Armenians Genocide will be recognized “sooner or later”
Written by Armeniatoday.com 13.12.11

President Serzh Sargsyan told an audience of Diaspora Armenians in France that "sooner or later" Turkey will admit the Armenian Genocide.

At a community meeting in Marseille, Sargsyan, more or less repeated some of the comments made by French President Nicolas Sarcozy in Yerevan in October, when Sarcozy said Turkey has to be able to face its history no matter good or bad.

According to Mediamax new agency, Sargsyan said:

''We are sure Turkey is going to repent. It's neither a precondition nor an aspiration to take revenge. Turkey should face its history. Turkish leadership can find the strength ...

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Celebrating 20th Anniversary of Armenia’s Independence
Written by Edmond Y. Azadian 23.09.11


Source:  The Armenian Mirror-Spectator

The republic of Armenia is 20 years old. It seems that there is nothing unusual about this anniversary, but seen through the perspective of our turbulent past, the anniversary becomes very significant with historic ramifications.

At the turn of the 20th century, a historic opportunity was created for an independent republic, squeezed on a tiny portion of historic Armenia. The republic was short-lived, but it was a rare opportunity for self-rule after 600 years of foreign domination.

Political and historic events limited the life of the republic to only two years, after which Armenia was absorbed ...
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Armenia, Argentine lift visa regime
Written by Public Radio Of Armenia 20.09.11
Argentine will continue its policy of deepening relations with Armenia

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Book on Armenia’s famous Jews to be published
Written by NEWS.AM 15.09.11
September 15, 2011 | 06:01

YEREVAN. – The Jewish community of Armenia is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary. And along the lines of the festive activities, a book on Armenia's famous Jews is expected to be published, the Jewish community's Mahen David newspaper's editor Adelina Livshits told Armenian News.NEWS.am.

"This book is about those Jews who have contributed to different domains of life in Armenia," Livshits noted, adding that there are many Jews among Armenia's famous people.    

A book entitled The Jews of Armenia: Middle Ages was published several years ago. It was published based on the material from a symposium held ...
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Birthright... Armenia?
Written by BEN HARTMAN 30.08.11
Birthright Armenia includes excursions around the country, visits to cultural, historical sites, meetings with local Armenian youth.


 
A small, ancient people, dispersed across the world, hounded by genocide and tragedy, with a successful global Diaspora that remains loyal to its ancestral homeland. Sound familiar? Though it's not too difficult to make a compelling comparison between Armenians and Jews, the Armenian Diaspora's "Birthright Armenia" program is both somewhat inspired by and radically different from the Jewish world's highly successful Birthright Israel program.

Founded in 2003, the program brings young people between the ages of 20 and 32 ...
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Armenia - Cradle of Civilization
Written by Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Of Armenia 19.02.11

Armenia - Cradle of Civilization

Armeniaacknowledged as one of the cradles of civilization - is a beautiful country with sophisticated people and a long and cultured history. As a result, Armenia is an intriguing tourist destination. Numerous monuments and masterpieces of the Ancient era and Middle Ages can be found throughout the country. Tourism in Armenia is rooted in the country's historical landmarks and natural attractions such as the water resorts of Lake Sevan, the hot springs of Arzni and Jermuk, the forests of Dilijan, Aghveran, Tsaghkadzor, Bjurakan ...

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