Wallenberg to Wallenberg

October 11, 2010 by Henry Benjamin
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Melbourne’s B’nai B’rith Raoul Wallenberg Unit recently issued stamps commemorating the memory of the war hero selling them around the world…including to a collector in Raoul Wallenberg St, Haifa.

The Swedish diplomat was responsible for saving the lives of thousands of Jews in Budapest  between July and December, 1944. He issued protective passports and housed Jews in Swedish owned buildings in the Hungarian capital. In January 1945, he went missing when held in detention by the Russians and was never seen again.

Raoul Wallenberg

Melbourne’s B’nai B’rith Raoul Wallenberg unit has worked with Australia Post and Max Stern & Co, the city’s leading stamp dealer,  to produce a specially designed stamp sheet and envelope set  in honour of Wallenberg, commemorating the unit’s 25th anniversary.

Judi Schiff, vice-president of the unit, told J-Wire: “We have sold the stamps all over the world. As well as Israel, they have been sent to collectors and interested parties in America, the U.K., Canada and New Zealand. A resident of the Monefiore Homes in Sydney told us that he had been a cook and a gardener for Wallenberg in Budapest.”

Philatelists interested in the stamp set can contact Schiff at judi@judischiffphotography.com

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