SWC Book on Holocaust Hero Raoul Wallenberg Donated to Japanese Libraries Following Spate of Desecrations of Anne Frank’s Diary in Tokyo

April 1, 2014

A book on the life of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg was presented in Tokyo for use in libraries following a spate of mass desecrations of Anne Frank’s diary in libraries in Tokyo.

Co-authored by Simon Wiesenthal Center associate dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Kinue Tokudome, the book in Japanese and English, tells the story of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jewish lives in Hungary during World War II.

Following Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam last week, Rabbi Cooper said, "The Prime Minister's visit to the Anne Frank's House wherein he paid homage to her words and legacy was an embrace of the importance of Memory and an act of solidarity and friendship with the Jewish people — past and present … . We note that the Prime Minister acknowledged the importance of passing down the bitter lessons learned from the 20th century to future generations, a task that the Wiesenthal Center is committed to work together with leaders like the PrimeMinister to achieve.”

Pictured, L-R, at the book presentation are Vice Speaker Hajime Fujii, Kinue Tokudome, Vice Governor Toshiyuki Akiyama, and Mr. Koichiro Iwasaki.

Use this link to purchase, The Story of Raoul Wallenberg in Japanese and English by Abraham Cooper and Kinue Tokudome

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