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Wallenberg Honoured By Israel

Published onsdag 2 februari 2005 kl 10.20
Raoul Wallenberg 1944

The Swedish businessman and diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who’s credited with saving the lives of upto 100,000 Hungarian Jews during the holocaust, is being honoured by the people of Israel in a series of commemorative events spread over three days.

Two of Wallenberg’s nieces will attend the opening of a street in Jerusalem named after the man regarded as the foremost ”righteous gentile.”

A special session of parliament opened on Tuesday and a symposium is to be held with contributions from people who owe their life to Wallenberg, including the Hungarian-born official opposition leader Tommy Lapid.

Wallenberg is credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews by issuing them Swedish passports while he was serving as a diplomat in Budapest, usually saving them from deportaton to death camps.

He even confronted the authorities as they herded Jews onto trains destined for the concentration camps, persuading them to allow people off the carriages.

After the fall of the Nazi regime, Wallenberg was then arrested by Soviet troops and is believed to have then been transferred to a prison in Russia where he’s thought to have died in 1947 although his body has never been recovered.

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