Canada Post issues Raoul Wallenberg stamp
January 22, 2013 |
TORONTO - The day Canada designates as Raoul Wallenberg Day – Jan. 17 – Canada Post commemorated his incredible humanitarian efforts by issuing a new international stamp.
During World War II, in Budapest, Hungary, Wallenberg saved the lives of more than 100,000 Jews before disappearing into Soviet custody in 1945. His bravery is noted in Canada, which gave him the distinction of being named the country’s first honourary citizen in 1985.
Canada Post said in a statement, “We create a stamp program each year that reflects the diversity of Canadian life. This includes honouring the values Canadians share – respect, integrity and justice – and it is here we found inspiration for the Wallenberg stamp. The stamp was unveiled last week at the Toronto Reference Library, in conjunction with its current exhibition, To me there’s no Other Choice, which details Wallenberg’s actions.
The stamp includes various elements that punctuate the story of Wallenberg’s heroic actions – the gold star that Jews were forced to wear under Nazi occupation – a photo from Wallenberg’s Swedish passport – an image of the Shutz-pass Wallenberg created to excuse Hungarian Jews from deportation, and as well, a photo of some of those saved by his efforts.
Last Thursday, Jason Kenney, minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, commemorated Raoul Wallenberg Day in a statement: “Each year on this day, Canadians pay tribute to one of the greatest heroes in history. At great personal risk, and with remarkable ingenuity and courage, Raoul Wallenberg helped rescue more than 100,000 Hungarian Jews from certain death at the hands of the Nazis and their allies. During the Holocaust, Raoul Wallenberg saved more Jews than any other single organization or government.”