21.11.2012 - ODG

Irina Bokova pays tribute to the memory of Raoul Wallenberg

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On 21 November, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, opened the ceremony in commemoration of Raoul Wallenberg and his achievements, held at UNESCO Headquarters on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

The ceremony took place in the presence of Katalin Bogyay, President of the General Conference of UNESCO, Anders Ahnild, Ambassador Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Sweden to UNESCO and Samuel Pisar, UNESCO Honorary Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Education.   

“His story is a story of hope in humanity,” said Anders Anhild, in an opening speech, seconded by Katalin Bogyay. The President of the General Conference highlighted, in particular, the importance of the message of the path of Raoul Wallenberg in today’s world: “Have we learned enough about the History of the Holocaust? We have to never forget and stay vigilant.”

Irina Bokova, in turn, went back to the figure of a young diplomat and humanitarian who is 32 years old and committed to the fight against Nazism and whose actions saved tens of thousands of Jews. 

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing,” said the Director-General, quoting Albert Einstein. She paid tribute to “a man who did not let evil be – and we should learn from his example, for the present time,” she concluded. 




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