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

International Rescuer Day 2008


Event Theme: "Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future"

In Memory of Professor David Kranzler z"l

January 17, 2008 at 7:30PM
Israel Center, Rechov Keren Hayesod 22 - Jerusalem
In cooperation with the Root and Branch Association, Ltd. and the Israel Center


Opening Remarks: Aryeh Gallin (Root & Branch)
Master of Ceremonies: Reuven Kosover (Root & Branch)


Rabbi Ari Kahn - Senior Lecturer Jewish Studies and Director of Foreign Students' Program, Bar Ilan University
Vice President, Migdal Ohr Institutions


Dr. Becky Kook - JWG and Ben Gurion University

Bill Mehlman  - JWG and Director of Americans For a Safe Israel (AFSI) in Israel

Larry Pfeffer - JWG


David Ben Reuven – JWG, performing some of his songs about rescuers



NOTE: Talk by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Library, cancelled due to injury



Participation by some members of the diplomatic corps


Works by artists:

Elyakim Bruck
Hanalisa Omer

As in past years International Rescuer Day 2008 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



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

Jan 16, 2008