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Obama honours Wallenberg at synagogue

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Obama visiting the Stockholm synagogue. Raoul Wallenberg's sister Nina Lagergren at the centre of teh picture. Photo: Scanpix.

President Obama visited Stockholm's synagogue to honour the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved the lives of thousand of hungarian jews during the latter stages of the second world war.

"Because he refused to stand by, Wallenberg reminds us of our power when we choose not simply to bear witness, but also to act," Obama said and the allusions to a more modern world crisis were clear, the news agency AP reports.

The President laid a stone, in the Jewish tradition, by the memorial wall, where the names of 8000 Holocaust victims were engraved. "He is beloved in both our countries. He's one of the links that bind us together," said Obama.

Before the visit, Lena Posner Körösi, president of Stockholm's Jewish community, gave an interview to Radio Sweden. To listen to the interview, click above..

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