Raoul Wallenberg Day in Canada: Commemorative stamp issued


Today, January 17, is Raoul Wallenberg Day in Canada. To commemorate Wallenberg’s heroic acts to save countless Jews during the Second World War, Canada Post is issuing a stamp in his likeness. The $1.65 international stamp, pictured below, is available from CanadaPost.ca.

Raoul Wallenberg saved as many as 100,000 Jewish people in Budapest, Hungary during the Second World War. He designed a protective document called the Schutz-Pass featuring the symbols and colours of Sweden, which he handed out indiscriminately, often in dangerous circumstances, to people in the Jewish community. At the end of the war, he disappeared into Soviet custody with no satisfactory explanation of his fate.

Wallenberg became Canada’s first honorary citizen in 1985, and January 17th, the day of his disappearance, was designated as Raoul Wallenberg Day.

Raoul Wallenberg Canadian Stamp http://www.canadapost.ca/

As I blogged last October, the city of Montreal made Wallenberg an honorary citizen at that time.

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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