Mayor Angel Taveras today signed a proclamation declaring October 5, 2013 as "Raoul Wallenberg Day" in the City of Providence. The proclamation commemorates the brave legacy of Raoul Wallenberg and other courageous men and women who helped save lives during the Holocaust.
Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish Diplomat, risked his life and traveled to Nazi-controlled Hungary during the height of World War II. He worked to save tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews and other anti-Nazi resisters who were condemned to death.
"Raoul Wallenberg's selfless behavior exemplifies what decent people can do to stand against the forces of inhumanity and improve the quality of life for people throughout the world," said Mayor Angel Taveras.
Each year, the work that Raoul Wallenberg did to save lives is remembered by promoting peace, respect, and good moral values. This year, Raoul Wallenberg Day will commemorate the 32nd anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg's posthumous declaration as an honorary citizen of the United States. Providence joins other municipalities and states in recognizing this heroic individual.