FSWC Media Statement in Recognition of Raoul Wallenberg Day

January 17, 2017

Media Statement


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Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Recognizes Raoul Wallenberg Day

January 17, 2017 – Toronto: In recognition of Raoul Wallenberg Day, designated by Canada in 2001 to honour the efforts of a Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) President and CEO Avi Benlolo issued the following statement: 


“Today is a day we pay tribute to one of the Righteous Among the Nations. Raoul Wallenberg’s courage in saving thousands of Jewish men, women and children from the gas chambers of Europe by issuing special passports that prevented their deportation will stand as a symbol of true heroism and righteousness for all time. It is truly fitting that he was named Canada’s first honorary citizen in 1985.”

“Although he tragically disappeared on January 17, 1945 after being captured by Soviet forces toward the end of WWII, it is important that we continue to honour his memory and praise his humanitarian achievements.  The best way to do this is to confront increasing Holocaust denial and antisemitism, and to commit to learning about the anti-Jewish hatred which led to the Holocaust.”

“FSWC is proud to honour Raoul Wallenberg’s legacy by offering “Lessons and Legacies of the Holocaust” workshops to thousands of students in schools and communities across Ontario every year. We have also developed a new website, www.neverforgetme.ca , which includes eye-witness survivor testimony and the stories of several Holocaust survivors, for use as a teaching tool. On Raoul Wallenberg Day we are reminded of the need to reflect on the dangers of hatred, and of the importance of doing all we can as individuals and communities to foster a more tolerant and accepting world.”

MEDIA INFORMATION

To speak to Mr. Benlolo about Raoul Wallenberg and Holocaust-related issues contact:
Stacey L. Starkman
Director of Communications & External Relations
416.864.9735 x 32 / sstarkman@fswc.ca
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Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is a leading Canadian non-profit human rights foundation directly representing over 30,000 members. FSWC is committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and educational programs including workshops, Freedom Day, the Spirit of Hope Benefit, Tools for Tolerance and the widely acclaimed new Tour for Humanity. FSWC is affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization headquartered in Los Angeles, which has won two Academy Awards, has built two Museums of Tolerance (with a third being built in Jerusalem) and is an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, OAS, OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament. Visit us at www.fswc.ca
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