July 31, 2012 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
The full text of this week's commentary follows:
This Saturday, Raoul Wallenberg would have been
But, shockingly and inexplicably, he was
arrested by the Soviets in 1945, sent to the Gulag, and never heard from again.
During the war, he could have lived safely in his
native and neutral Sweden.
Instead, funded by the U.S., he went to
Nazi-occupied Hungary to save Jews.
Within months, Wallenberg had rescued tens of
thousands destined for the death camps.
His weapons? Ingenuity, courage, and
He showed what one person can do in the face of
In 1979, AJC was proud to provide the first
venue for a Hungarian-born couple, Congressman Tom Lantos and his wife,
Annette, to educate the world about Wallenberg.
Subsequently, for his life-saving deeds, he was
honored in absentia by America and other countries.
At AJC, we shall always cherish Raoul Wallenberg’s
memory -- and his towering example of humanity.
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This is David Harris of AJC