July 9, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC—The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum applauds the posthumous awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg in recognition of his courageous efforts to rescue tens of thousands of Jews in Budapest whom the Hungarian state intended to deport in compliance with German requests.
“The Holocaust was the result of many choices made by leaders and citizens to remain silent in the face of persecution of Jews and other victims,” says Sarah Ogilvie, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Program Director. “Wallenberg was one of the few who chose to act, and his bravery is a lesson and inspiration for us today. Honoring him reminds us how much individual decisions matter.”
Wallenberg was posthumously granted American citizenship in 1981, and in 1985, the portion of the street on which the Museum is located was renamed in his honor.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.