(May 9, 2013) Joseph Stamm Attends Unveiling of Congressional Gold Medal Honoring Raoul Wallenberg.

Joseph Stamm Attends Unveiling of Congressional Gold Medal Honoring Raoul Wallenberg NYCHSRO/MedReview President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Stamm had the honor of attending the unveiling of the designs of the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal in…

Washington D.C. on May 9, 2013.  Mr. Stamm was invited by United States Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to a ceremony in the Treasury’s historic Cash Room, in the presence of Their Majesties King Carl XVI and Queen Silvia of Sweden. In his remarks, Secretary Lew reminded the audience that the Congressional Gold Medal is one of the nation’s highest civilian awards, and that only 31 foreign citizens have been honored in this way.  Raoul Wallenberg was honored for his heroism in risking his own life to rescue more than 100,000 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.  While serving as Sweden’s special envoy in Budapest in 1944, he issued protective passports (German: Schutz Pass) and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory.  Today, thousands of American Jews can directly or indirectly attribute their own lives to Wallenberg’s heroic actions.  His ultimate fate is a mystery.  Wallenberg disappeared while being escorted out of Hungary toward the Soviet Union.  In 1981, President Ronald Reagan made him an honorary U.S. citizen. The medal’s obverse (heads) side will feature a close-up portrait of Wallenberg, with the inscriptions RAOUL WALLENBERG, ACT OF CONGRESS 2012, and HERO OF HEROES.  The medal’s reverse (tails) side will depict Wallenberg as he extends a Schutz-pass and a background view of those he could not reach being boarded on a train bound for a concentration camp.  Inscriptions on the reverse side will include HE LIVES FOREVER THROUGH THOSE HE SAVED around the upper boarder and ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE  beneath the Schutz-pass.