October 15, 1989 |
The Bucks County commissioners last week issued a proclamation honoring Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat credited with saving an estimated 90,000 Hungarian Jews during World War II. At the presenting of the proclamation were (from left) Andrew Warren, chairman of the commissioners; Melanie Kaneff of Churchville; Kathy Goodkin of Lawrenceville, whose mother was saved by Wallenberg, and Ilene Munetz-Pachman of Richboro, who headed the drive to honor the diplomat. Wallenberg is believed to have died while under arrest in the Soviet Union.
September 29, 1988 |
Adam Sundor stood calmly amid the chaos outside the gates of JFK Stadium, a placard hoisted high in the air and a school tie knotted tightly against the collar of his blue Oxford shirt. The tie might reflect well, he said, if the police were called to remove him. To those who asked, he explained that he was at the Human Rights Now! concert to call attention to Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who personally saved 20,000 Hungarian Jews during World War II before the Soviets arrested him in 1945.
August 4, 2012 |
As I sat across from Raoul Wallenberg's half-sister, Nina Lagergren, at a hotel in Stockholm years ago, she breathed fresh truth into what would have been a cliché coming from most others: "The hope is with the young. " Back in 1944, her older brother had put his life on the line for the young, declaring in Budapest, Hungary, "I have come to save a nation; I must save the children first. " Sent by the U.S. War Refugee Board, he saved as many as 100,000 Hungarian Jewish men, women, and children in just six months.
April 8, 1994 |
Filmmakers seeking an elliptical image of the Holocaust often focus on trains clattering innocently across the landscape toward an awful destination. In his remarkable and unsparing Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg, Swedish director Kjell Grede begins on the same track and then takes us in a different direction. A carefree young businessman named Raoul Wallenberg, scion of a Swedish banking family and not one to dispute the assessment that he is an unambitious mediocrity, sits in the dining car of a train halted at a station in Hungary.
December 3, 1993
If the U.S. Postal Service can put Elvis' (younger) face on a postage stamp, why can't a similar honor go to a man credited with saving as many as 100,000 Hungarian Jews during World War II? As the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee meets today to discuss future stamp programs, Ilene Munetz Pachman is praying that Raoul Wallenberg will make it to the short list. Ms. Pachman, a Bucks County woman, has created a national movement to lobby for a stamp commemorating Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat and honorary U.S. citizen who risked his life to help Jews escape the death sentence of the Holocaust.
May 10, 1996 |
For more than four years, Ilene Munetz Pachman spent every available spare moment working to persuade the United States Postal Service to honor Raoul Wallenberg with a stamp. She considered it an "effort of love. " On Wednesday, her work paid off. The Richboro, Bucks County, woman was invited to Washington to help unveil a stamp design celebrating Wallenberg's work to save as many as 100,000 Hungarian Jews during World War II. Wallenberg was a Swedish envoy to Hungary in 1944.
April 22, 1997 |
This story, which ends Thursday in Washington, began more than 50 years ago in the bitter poverty of a Jewish ghetto in Hungary. It was there that Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat with a U.S. college degree in architecture, devised plans that saved 100,000 Jews during World War II. Thanks in part to the efforts of Richboro resident Ilene Munetz Pachman, Wallenberg will be commemorated on a U.S. stamp after a ceremony Thursday at the...
March 16, 2002 |
Eileen Flanagan offers one good reason for teaching eighth graders about Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who led efforts to save the lives of thousands of Hungarian Jews in the final months of World War II. Young people "have to find heroes," said Flanagan, a teacher at Waldron Mercy Academy in Lower Merion. "In the middle of that horribleness - the war and the Holocaust - you find someone who doesn't care what happens to him. I call him a hero. " Yesterday, a dozen teachers explored ways to make Wallenberg's heroism relevant to youngsters who have seen Saving Private Ryan and read The Diary of Anne Frank and therefore think they know all they need to know about war and genocide.
January 18, 1992 |
For the 30 people who held a candlelight vigil on Independence Square last night, the biting cold was a vivid reminder of what Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg has endured since he was arrested by the Soviets 47 years ago. "It's freezing out here. But we feel if we come together in this cold, he's probably in a very cold place also and it's a reaching out to him and a reaching out to God," said Leona Feldman, president of The American Raoul Wallenberg Committee. On Jan. 17, 1945, Wallenberg was arrested in Budhapest, Hungary, by the Soviets, after saving tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps during World War II by issuing them protective diplomatic passports.
June 1, 1993
RENDELL LAUDS ALLIES IN EFFORTS TO KEEP BASES OPEN I thank you for the positive comments regarding our efforts to fight the recommendations of the Defense Department to consolidate various military functions out of Philadelphia and into the middle part of the state. We presented a strong case to the Base Closure Commission that this recommendation is wrong-headed and would indeed cost the Pentagon money. However, I must comment on the implicit suggestion that the political community has not rallied around this important issue.