Category Archive: RIGHTEOUS GENTILES

Hungary launches Wallenberg Memorial Year

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Government ministers from Hungary, Sweden and Israel on Tuesday launched the Raoul Wallenberg Year, commemorating the centennial of the birth of the Swedish diplomat who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.
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KGB blocked Wallenberg probe, Sweden knew: researchers

STOCKHOLM — The Soviet secret police and its Russian successor actively blocked a probe into the fate of Swedish Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg and Sweden was informed, researchers say, citing a recently unearthed document. The Swedish diplomat hailed for rescuing tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II, went missing after his arrest by Soviet forces in Hungary on January 17, 1945.
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How the Philippines gave sanctuary to Jews fleeing the Holocaust

One virtually unknown episode in the last century illustrates how the Philippines became a light in a very dark time. In 2008 German-born author Frank Ephraim published Escape to Manila: From Nazi Tyranny to Japanese Terror, an account of the Jewish refugee experience in World War II. In 1939 Ephraim was one of 1,200 Jews who fled the Nazi genocide in Europe and took sanctuary in the Philippines. In the late 1930s in Manila, while they were playing poker and smoking cigars, seven men decided to rescue 1,200 Jews from the Nazis. Documentary filmmaker Russ Hodge, 3 Roads Communications and Frieder Films are in Manila to shoot Rescue in the Philippines, the story of how President Manuel L. Quezon, the US High Commissioner Paul McNutt, Colonel (and future president) Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the Frieders, four Jewish businessmen from Ohio who had a cigar business in Manila, overcame the huge bureaucratic and logistical challenges of saving people from the Holocaust.
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British ‘hot cross bun’ nun who saved Italian Jews from Nazis move closer to sainthood as Vatican begins major new probe

The Vatican has taken up the case for sainthood of a British nun who helped to hide scores of Jews from the Nazis during the Second World War. A file on Mother Riccarda Beauchamp Hambrough has been sent to the Vatican to be studied by historians and theologians.
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Search Is Launched For Families Who Escaped The Holocaust Through Portugal

The Sousa Mendes Foundation is seeking to identify and locate Holocaust refugees who were given life-saving visas by Aristides de Sousa Mendes in the Spring of 1940. Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese consul stationed in Bordeaux, France, rescued an estimated 30,000 people from the Holocaust.  He did so by giving refugees visas to Portugal, in contravention of a document called “Circular 14” issued by the Portuguese government to its consular corps that contained strict orders not to do so.  As a result, he was put on trial by the Salazar dictatorship and harshly punished.
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Stieg Larsson’s other calling: crusader against neo-Nazis

Stieg Larsson, the Swedish author of the international best-selling “Millennium” series, died in 2004 at age 50 of a heart attack, before the publication of his crime thrillers made him one of the most famous writers of the decade. They have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, spawned three Swedish films and now Hollywood’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”But amid all this, a crucial element often has been overlooked: just how much Larsson embedded in his novels a fundamental passion of his life — his crusade against neo-Nazism and violent far-right movements, which he viewed as anathema to Sweden and to all modern society.
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Wait continues for wartime pardons

It could be months before the Government decides whether to pardon 5,000 soldiers branded deserters and blacklisted for fighting for Britain against Nazi Germany, it has emerged. The troops, regarded as idealists by Justice and Defence Minister Alan Shatter, were dismissed en masse under special powers introduced during the Second World War. But officials are concerned a blanket pardon for desertion between 1939-45 would cause major issues for other soldiers court martialled for going Awol.
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Jewish friend of late Pope John Paul II dies

Jerzy Kluger, a Polish-born Jew who was a lifetime friend and childhood playmate of the late Pope John Paul II and who lost much of his family to Nazi death camps, has died in Rome. He was 90. Kluger, a year younger than John Paul (who died in 2005) was one of the last living childhood friends of the late pontiff. He was 5 when he met Karol Wojtyla, who would become a priest and eventually Krakow’s cardinal, before being elected as history’s only Polish-born pontiff in 1978.
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