2017-05-03 / Front Page

Honoring A Hero The Holocaust

(L. to r.); Dr. H. E. Ferenc Kumin, Consul General of Hungary; Council Members Karen Koslowitz and Elizabeth Crowley; and Leif Pagrotsky, Consul General of Sweden.(L. to r.); Dr. H. E. Ferenc Kumin, Consul General of Hungary; Council Members Karen Koslowitz and Elizabeth Crowley; and Leif Pagrotsky, Consul General of Sweden.On Sunday, April 23, dignitaries, community and legislative leaders, and local residents gathered for the 35th Anniversary of the dedication Of Raoul Wallenberg Square, located at the intersection of Metropolitan Ave and Park Lane South in Kew Gardens.

Raoul Wallenberg (born August 4, 1912, death date unknown) was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. He is widely celebrated for saving tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust from German Nazis and Hungarian Fascists, during the later stages of World War II. While serving as Sweden's special envoy in Budapest between July and December 1944, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory and thereby bestowing upon them diplomatic immunity. In the absence of such intervention by Wallenberg, tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews would have been transported to extermination camps.


 

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