- 22 Nov 2012 8:00 AM
Hungary’s Government declared 2012 Wallenberg Year not only to commemorate the diplomat but to demonstrate clearly that it firmly rejects any form of anti-Semitism, State Secretary Zsolt Nemeth told an international conference marking the birth centenary of Raoul Wallenberg in Samorin (Somorja), Slovakia.
“All forms of anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice divide a nation, as these differentiate among human and human in an unacceptable way,” he said at the event organized by the Slovakian Forum Minority Research Institute and Hungary’s Raoul Wallenberg Committee to commemorate the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews during the last year of the Second World War.
Alexander Ben-Zvi, Israel's Ambassador to Bratislava, said Wallenberg had been an outstanding man who had risked his life to save Jews.
Minister of State Németh laid a wreath at the Wallenberg memorial plaque in Bratislava along with Israeli Ambassador Ben-Zvi, Hungarian Ambassador Csaba Balogh, and Swedish Honorary Consul Vladimir Kestler.