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House Passes Resolution Honoring Raoul Wallenberg On his 100th Birthday

(Juneau) – A resolution to name August 4, 2012 as “Raoul Wallenberg Remembrance Day” in Alaska was today approved by the Alaska House of Representatives. Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat in Budapest, Hungary during World War II, who used his diplomatic position to save more than 100,000 Jews and other potential victims from Nazi death camps. After the defeat of Germany, Wallenberg was imprisoned by the Soviets in violation of his diplomatic immunity and international law. He died in a Soviet gulag.

The resolution was introduced by Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, with the hope that Alaskans will never forget the extraordinary courage of Raoul Wallenberg. Debate on SCR 18 was carried on the House floor by Rep. Max Gruenberg, D-Anchorage.

“August 4, 2012 would have been the 100th birthday of Raoul Wallenberg, who risked his own life in the face of a truly evil regime in order to save 100,000 innocent men, women and children in Hungary,” said Sen. Dyson. “We are obligated to remind ourselves, on a frequent basis, of the evil that happens in the world, and how one person can make a heroic difference in the lives of many people.

“I was happy to co-sponsor this resolution and carry it on the House floor,” said Rep. Gruenberg. “Raoul Wallenberg is a personal hero of mine.  He put his life on the line to save over 100,000 innocent people.  He is remembered in Israel as one of the ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ for his heroic acts of bravery and selfless sacrifice.”

Sen. Dyson said he hopes the resolution will serve as the impetus for individuals, groups and organizations throughout Alaska to hold a remembrance of Wallenberg on August 4.

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