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February 11, 2012

Raoul Wallenberg honored in Hungary (Iranian ambassador attends ceremony)

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 7:34 am

The big news today, according to The Jerusalem Post, is that the Iranian ambassador to Hungary attended a ceremony in Budapest to honor Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish dipolomat who saved more than 20,000 Hungarian Jews from certain death by providing them with “Swedish diplomatic papers.”

This quote from The Jerusalem Post explains the significance of this news:

While the officials downplayed the overall significance of the Iranian ambassador’s presence, noting the entire diplomatic corps stationed in Budapest was invited to the event, official Iranian participation in an event marking the Holocaust is unusual given Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s history of Holocaust denial.

In my humble opinion, the story of Raoul Wallenberg, saving Hungarian Jews by issuing false diplomatic papers, supports Holocaust denial more than it does the official Holocaust story.  If all it took to prevent the Nazis from killing the Jews was false papers, issued by a Swedish diplomat, what kind of genocide was that?

You can read the full article in the Jerusalem Post here.

Here is the back story on Raoul Wallenberg and how he saved the Hungarian Jews:

On July 9th, the same day that the last mass transport of Hungarian Jews arrived at Auschwitz, a Swedish diplomat named Raoul Wallenberg was assigned to the Swedish legation in Budapest. He was actually working as an agent for the American War Refugee Board which President Franklin D. Roosevelt had established in January 1944 at the request of Henry Morgenthau, Jr., the Secretary of the Treasury.

Wallenberg saved thousands of Hungarian Jews by providing them with an illegal protective passport (Schutz-Pass) which identified them as Swedish subjects living in Hungary. Wallenberg set up safe houses for Jewish refugees in Budapest which were paid for by the Swedish embassy. Some of the Jewish refugees were housed in the Swedish legation in Budapest. As a result of Wallenberg’s efforts, more than 20,000 Hungarian Jews were saved, including Tom Lantos, who emigrated to America after the war and subsequently became a US Congressman.

When Hungary was liberated by the Soviet Union, Wallenberg was last seen on January 17, 1945. Ten years later, the Soviet Union released the information that he had been arrested as a spy and imprisoned in a Soviet gulag; he allegedly died in captivity. As a young man, Wallenberg had studied in the United States and had received a degree in architecture from the University of Michigan in 1935. He also spoke Russian.   (more…)