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A special ceremony in recognition of Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II, was held on Wednesday 19th June in honor of 100 years since his birth. The ceremony, which took place in conjunction with the KKL-JNF WLC 2013, was attended by a representative of his family, one of the survivors saved by Wallenberg, the Ambassador to Israel from Sweden, a representative from the Hungarian Embassy and the Chairman of KKL-JNF Sweden.
The Wallenberg Forest, named after Raoul Wallenberg, was planted next to Haifa, the city in which Wallenberg lived and worked in the 1930s. “This is an historic moment, when we are planting a forest that will commemorate the name of the man who saved many lives as a basic human response,” said Mr. Michael Lichtenstein, Director of KKL-JNF Sweden, who opened the ceremony.
Hon. Carl Magnus Nesser, Sweden’s Ambassador to Israel, said it was a privilege to honor a man who risked his life in order to save others. “As Swedes, we can feel great pride for his human achievements. However, we must not leave Wallenberg as a distant memory, but see him as an example in our struggle today against anti-Semitism and xenophobia. This is the power of one man, that he can make a change.”
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