Jerusalem Working Group
for Recognition of Major Jewish Rescuers during the Shoah
POB 23718 Jerusalem 91236

International Rescuer Day 2007

January 17, 2007 at 6PM
Hebrew University, Givat Ram - Jerusalem, Beit Belgia Buiding (behind National Library)


Members of the diplomatic corps:
Alex Daniels, USA Embassy
Annika Ben David, Swedish Embassy

Bill Mehlman - Chairman

Professor Aaron Appelfeld - noted Israeli author

Michal Sadan - Director, Beit Belgia

Dr. Mordecai Paldiel - Director,  Yad Vashem Righteous Among the Nations Program

Larry Pfeffer - Jerusalem Working Group 

Haim Roet - Jews Rescued Jews Committee

Statement by  Ms. Louise von Dardel, Raoul Wallenberg's niece
Read by Dr. Becky Kook - Ben Gurion University, Jerusalem Working Group



David Ben Reuven
Yael and Dafna Sztulman, Guy Goldstein on guitar


Works by artists:

Elyakim Bruck
Hanalisa Omer
Joseph Bau
Yehuda Vardi


Click on two hyperlinks above for text of talks. 

As in past years International Rescuer Day 2007 events are held in Jerusalem and internationally in USA , Hungary and China. 

January 17th was chosen for International Rescuer Day in honor of Raoul Wallenberg 
who was abducted by the Soviet Union on January 17, 1945.  

This is an annual international event to also remember and honor other Holocaust era rescuers, Gentiles and Jews, who are important authentic role models and to assure that important lessons are learned and applied to current challenges.


The event’s purpose is to:

1) REMEMBER those who did so much to try to rescue us during the Holocaust

2) LEARN important lessons from the positive deeds of our rescuers and also from tragic  failures of important rescue opportunities

3) TEACH by the major rescuers' example the great potential of non-egocentric individualism, which characterized many of the rescuers

4) INTROSPECT about what we have to do to address today's burning problems

5)  ACT on the above


The event provides an opportunity to recall that a few exceptionally dedicated, brave and creative individuals were able to snatch large numbers of Jews out of the hands of determined murderers.

So far Jewish rescuers did not receive appropriate recognition by Israel, major Holocaust Centers and the Jewish community. This must change without further delay!

Jerusalem Working Group
POB 23718 Jerusalem 912136 – Tel: (054) 726-7681

Photos of some participants














Alex Daniels, USA Embassy

Annika Ben David, Swedish Embassy


Prof. Aaron Appelfeld

Dr. Becky Kook




Bill Mehlman

David Ben Reuven


Haim Roet










Larry Pfeffer





Louise von Dardel
At International Rescuer Day 2006


Michal Sadan

Dr. Mordecai Paldiel


Yael and Dafna Sztutman 
and Guy Goldstein




Calligraphic art created for International Rescuer Day 2006 by Elyakim Bruck
(052) 256-8985 in Israel


Switzerland Awakens

Help from the New World

Click on either picture to see larger image and explanation
Paintings created for International Rescuer Day 2006

The Jerusalem Working Group White Paper provides additional historic background

Contact: Hanalisa Omer
Rechov HaNerd 32a, Jerusalem 96626
Tel: (02) 643-2120 and (052) 305-6505 in Israel




Artwork created during the Holocaust by Joseph Bau

Contact: Hadasa or Clila Bau at (054) 421-2730 or (054) 430-1499 in Israel


Painting by Yehuda Vardi

Painting by Yehuda Vardi
Contact: Susie Vardi (03) 604-7891 and (050) 2464644 in Israel


Jan 20, 2007