Congressional Holocaust Commemoration 2022 Greek Jewish survivor David Baruch gave testimony, and members of Congress and foreign dignitaries – including the ambassadors of Greece, Israel, and Portugal, and the spokesperson for the Japanese embassy – also spoke. Representatives of the Embassy of Germany, and other nations were also among the attendees at the January 27 online event. “Heroes and Memory” The theme for the 2022 commemoration was “Heroes and Memory” with descendants of the “Righteous Among the Nations” and those whom they rescued taking part in the event, including Nobuki Sugihara, son of Chiune Sugihara, and Sugihara survivor Nathan Lewin, a well-known Washington lawyer. Learn More Read more about the Congressional Holocaust Commemoration 2022 Watch Congressional Holocaust Commemoration 2021 Find more Jewish Cultural Events
Bagels in Poland Bagels originate in the Jewish Communities of Poland. Poland. The first known mention of the Polish word bajgiel derived from the Yiddish word bagel (בײגל) which was first mentioned in 1610 in the "Community Regulations" of Krakow. It is said that the ring-shaped bread was given as a gift to women in childbirth. Bagels Today Bagels were then introduced to the US with the Polish-Jewish immigration in the 1800s. In 1907, they created the Bagel Bakers Local 338 union which further helped the ring-shaped bread become what we know today. Since then, the bread started to include a variety of flours, toppings, and flavors but still remain as they were in the 1600s.
Raoul Wallenberg On October 5th, 1981, Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who disappeared in January 1945 after saving the lives of tens of thousands of persecuted people during World War II, became the second person in history to be awarded Honorary U.S. Citizenship. Raoul Wallenberg Day is commemorated every year in the State of New York and following the IRWF’s initiative, has been proclaimed in many other U.S. states. Saving the lives of tens of thousands of Jews in Budapest With the support of the World Jewish Congress and the American War Refugee Board, the Swedish Foreign Ministry sent Wallenberg to Budapest in July 1944 to help protect the 200,000 Jews who remained in the capital. From October 15, when the Arrow Cross seized power, to the liberation of the capital three months later, Wallenberg saved Jews through a variety of means—by issuing thousands of protective documents, by establishing the International Ghetto of protected houses, and by securing their release from deportation trains, death march convoys, and labor service brigades—all at significant risk to himself. Raoul Wallenberg around the World Canada: January 17th Sweden: August 27th Argentina: September 14th Learn More Find more Jewish Cultural Days