Raoul Wallenberg Stamp Dedication Features Awe Inspiring Tribute To Holocaust Hero
and Bobbie Shaffner's haunting musical tribute to World
War II holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg was featured during
official ceremonies on Thursday, April 24 at the U.S Holocaust
Museum in Washington, D.C. marking the first day issue of
the long awaited Wallenberg stamp.
This was the second time that the Shaffner's song, "WALLENBERG,"
written together with lyricist Lillian Lewis, had been performed
in the nation's capitol. The United States Army Band performed
the awe inspiring song last year in the Capitol Rotunda
during the unveiling of Wallenberg's bust and the stamp
Emily Mitchell, the RCA recording
artist, specially recorded "WALLENBERG" for the gala
ceremonies. Nane Annan, wife of the former Secretary General of the
United Nations Kofi Annan, has given the song warm
praises. Wallenberg, who is credited with saving the lives of
100,000 Jews from Nazi death camps, was her uncle.
He is believed to have perished in the Soviet
The Shaffners have been in the
forefront of a successful campaign to convince the U.S.
Postal Department to issue the Wallenberg stamp.
Last year the husband and wife songwriting team
presented Postmaster Marvin Runyon with thousands of stamp
petitions circulated by the Raoul Wallenberg Committee of
Their song, "WALLENBERG," is part of the
Committee's widely acclaimed Heroes Curriculum currently
in use in schools across the nation.