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"Rename Stockholm airport to honour Raoul Wallenberg"

Published onsdag 10 juli 2013 kl 10.04
Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest.

A group of politicians and cultural profiles in Sweden are suggesting that the country's main airport, Arlanda airport outside Stockholm, be renamed to honour World War Two hero Raoul Wallenberg.

Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who worked at the embassy in Hungarian capital Budapest during the war, saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust by giving them Swedish passports, offering them protection from the Nazis.

According to the signatories, writing in newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Wednesday, Raoul Wallenberg is probably the Swede who did most for humanity during the 20th century.

They also say that naming Sweden's largest airport after Raoul Wallenberg would be an important signal against anti-semitism and racism in Sweden and abroad, in a time when xenophobia is gaining ground.

Wallenberg was arrested in 1945 and it is believed he died in a Soviet prison in 1947. Several countries, Hungary, Israel, the US, Canada and Australia, have posthumously made Wallenberg an honorary citizen.

A few years ago, a Swedish conservative MP proposed Stockholm's Arlanda airport should be renamed to honour Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor of dynamite whose fortune lay the foundation for the Nobel prizes.

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