Raoul Wallenberg Centennial

The Consulate General of the State of Israel, in conjunction with the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, the Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship Program, Teaching of the Holocaust for Educators, the City of Côte Saint-Luc, the English Montreal School Board and the Office of Mount Royal Liberal Member of Parliament Irwin Cotler, announce plans to mark the centennial of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg. This took place at Bialik High School in Côte Saint-Luc and include some distinguished speakers. Students from Westmount High School, Marymount Academy, LaurenHill Academy and host Bialik were riveted to every word of a distinguished list of speakers. Raoul Wallenberg was the Swedish diplomat who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. While serving as Swedish envoy in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, from July 1944, Wallenberg gave Jews Swedish travel documents and set up safe houses for them. He is also credited with dissuading German officers from massacring the 70,000 inhabitants of the city’s ghetto. Ron Meisels, a Holocaust survivor who was among the Jews saved by Wallenberg, will be in attendance. His video testimonial was shown on the big screen. He was then introduced to the audience.