October 11, 2012
The Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States to present
The Raoul Wallenberg Civic Courage Award to Police Commissioner
of New York
New York, NY - On Wednesday, November 7,
2012 The Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States
will present The
Raoul Wallenberg Civic Courage Award to the
Hon. Raymond W. Kelly, Police Commissioner of the City of
New York. The award will be presented on the celebratory
occasion of the 100th birthday of Raoul Wallenberg, the
heroic Swedish diplomat who led an extensive and successful
mission to save the lives of nearly 100,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied
In times of crisis, the Commissioner has acted on principle
and always with conviction, pragmatism and courage as he
and his department have taken on the monumental challenge
of overseeing security for the citizens of New York. Rachel
Oestericher Berhneim, Chairman of The Raoul Wallenberg Committee
of the United States said, "Commissioner Raymond W.
Kelly stands as a symbol for New York City, and its citizens,
as a bastion in the fight against terrorism-much as Raoul
Wallenberg stood as a symbol for the Jews of Hungary in
the fight against Nazism."
The Raoul Wallenberg Civic Courage Award will be presented
to Police Commissioner Kelly at a Gala Dinner at The Yale
Club of New York, in the presence of invited guests including
HRH Madeleine, Princess of Sweden; H.E. Mr. Jonas Hafstrom,
The Swedish Ambassador to the United States; U.S. Senator
Charles Schumer and former President William J. Clinton.
Raoul Wallenberg was arrested by the Soviets in 1945 and
was never again seen as a free man. The search continues
for the truth about his fate. He has been the subject of
numerous humanitarian honors in the decades following his
disappearance, including becoming an Honorary Citizen of
the United States by Act of Congress. At Yad Vashem, Israel's
Holocaust memorial museum, Wallenberg is designated as one
of the Righteous among the Nations.
The Gala is Chaired by Carl and Gail Icahn; Alan and Kathryn
Greenberg; the Hon. David and Ide Dangoor, Swedish Honorary
Consul General to New York; and Charles and Rachel Oestreicher
Bernheim. Invited guests include Nina Lagergren and Nane
Annan, Raoul Wallenberg's Sister and Niece; H.E. Mr. Jan
Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General of the U.N; H.E. Marten
Grunditz, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the U.N.
For more information on the historic legacy of Raoul Wallenberg,
or to learn more about the November 7, 2012 Gala Dinner
and Award Ceremony, please call Diane Blake at 917-606-8260.
The Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States, a New
York based 501(c)3, was established in 1981 to educate the
American public about the heroic and humanitarian actions
taken by Raoul Wallenberg.