A Raoul Wallenberg Monument at Ground Zero?

A guest post by Peter Lancz.

My name is Peter Lancz. I am head of the Raoul Wallenberg World Campaign against Hate & Intolerance.

My aim is to  utilize this most symbolic and efficacious of incomparable Wallenberg monuments, portraying hero & role model par excellence, as an educational tool to combat racism and antisemitism the world over.

In the ongoing battle between freedom and  tyranny, the Raoul Wallenberg legacy takes on incalculable proportions. In saving 100,000 innocent souls, in sacrificing his own life to defend the defenseless, in personifying the Talmudic idiom that if a person saves a single life it is as if he or she has saved an entire universe – and who, in having the courage to care and the commitment to act, showed that one person can confront evil, prevail and transform history – Wallenberg exemplified the best in humanitarian intervention.

Wallenberg is the very epitome of individual rights, liberties, and exceptionalism-“THE POWER OF ONE”.

I humbly ask that you support my endeavor to place a Raoul Wallenberg monument at Freedom Plaza, right on the vicinity of the Ground Zero (a proposal which has been endorsed by Dr. Charles Jacobs, President of Americans for Peace and Tolerance).

This most powerful, imposing and symbolic of monuments to Wallenberg could be erected as the centerpiece of this Freedom Plaza.

The Wallenberg monument could serve as the quintessential  9/11 Memorial, and behind the bust would be a semi-circle granite wall with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims. Naturally, on the pedestal of the bust would be a description of Wallenberg’s story.  

A plaque would read:

“Wallenberg-the lost Hero of the Holocaust-confronted the Nazi killing machine and showed not only that one person can make a difference, but that one person can resist, that one person can confront, that one person can indeed prevail over radical evil.”

Thank You,

Peter Lancz


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