TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2017 – The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) today pays tribute to Raoul Wallenberg, a non-Jewish Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from death during the horrors of the Holocaust.
“Raoul Wallenberg is remembered for the courage he displayed in the face of personal danger, and his decision to take a stand against evil,” said Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF. “As we remember the Holocaust and continue to fight racism, his poignant words, ‘To me there’s no other choice’, continue to resonate today.”
As a diplomat, Mr. Wallenberg provided Jewish people living in Budapest with special passports that prevented their deportation to concentration camps. He also established a network of safe houses operating under the Swedish flag, which offered refuge to those fleeing persecution.
Mr. Wallenberg disappeared in 1945 after being captured by Soviet forces, but his memory and humanitarian achievements continue to be celebrated around the world. He was named Canada’s first honorary citizen in 1985 and in 2001, the Government of Canada designated this day as Raoul Wallenberg Day.
“As we remember the courageous achievements of Raoul Wallenberg in the face of the inhumanity he witnessed, we are reminded of one of the enduring lessons of the Holocaust that is his legacy and which is at the root of the CRRF’s own mandate," said Albert Lo, Chairperson, CRRF. "It rests in each of us to make a difference by affirming the dignity of each and every person."
About the Canadian Race Relations Foundation
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is a Crown Corporation dedicated to working towards the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination. Its mission is to advance Canadian identity in the pursuit of positive race relations, equity, fairness, social harmony and dignity for all Canadians. The CRRF does this by providing independent, outspoken national leadership, informing national policies and public conversation, and acting as a resource and facilitator.
For more information
Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF: / 416-508-9033