Inauguration ceremony of the Raoul Wallenberg room:

Type: News   Reference: 90152   Duration: 00:03:22  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 23/01/2013   First transmission: 23/01/2013
Statements by: - Cecilia MALMSTRÖM, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs - Martin SCHULZ, EP President - Louise von Dardel; niece of Raoul Wallenberg - Inauguration of the Raoul Wallenberg room Yesterday the new Press room of the European Parliament was named after 'Raoul Wallenberg'. The Raoul Wallenberg room was inaugurated by EP President Martin SCHULZ, Vice-President László SURJAN and Ms Nane Maria ANNAN, niece of Raoul Wallenberg. Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. He is widely celebrated for his successful efforts to rescue tens of thousands to about one hundred thousand Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust from Hungarian Fascists and the Nazis during the later stages of World War II. While serving as Sweden's special envoy in Budapest between July and December 1944, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory saving tens of thousands of lives.

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00:00:05 Arrival at the exhibition zone around the Raoul Wallenberg room, EP President Martin SCHULZ, Vice-President László SURJAN and Ms Nane Maria ANNAN, niece of Raoul Wallenberg, (3 shots) 00:00:25
00:00:30 SOUNDBITE (English): Cecilia MALMSTRÖM, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs: "He stood up against dictatorship, for this he paid with his life, we can honour his legacy, his work, his values by never forgetting but also in our daily lives standing up for diversity, against intolerance, oppression. We are all painfully that intolerance is spreading in Europe today. History shows that in difficult times Nationalism is nurtured and the need to find escape goats, racists, anti-Semitic violence and -crimes are committed today and people are afraid once again." 00:00:37
00:01:07 SOUNDBITE (English): Cecilia MALMSTRÖM, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs: "We must make sure that our children, that future generations will never forget the SHOAH, they will never forget the atrocities and give them the courage and inspiration to stand up in their daily lives for tolerance, for democracy, for Human Rights. We must make sure that Raoul Wallenberg and his endeavour never disappears from the spot light." 00:00:23
00:01:30 SOUNDBITE (English): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "To fight for freedom, to fight for our democracy, to fight for dignity, to fight for respect and to be courageous, courageous as Raoul Wallenberg was; to be courageous is very difficult, we are not all heroes." 00:00:25
00:01:55 SOUNDBITE (English): Louise Von DARDEL, niece of Raoul Wallenberg : "He was educated to think out of the box, think big, be empowered and care about others. One day he had the choice to going to safe Jews of the killing of 'Eichmann' in the Budapest everyone knew that would be soon bombarded. By choosing to defend live he knew he was loosing his comfort, his security, his friends and his job and that he may even loose his life. Within 6 months he saved 10th of thousand of Jews; he did not only save them by giving passports, shelter, food and medical care, he also gave back to all the Jews hope for life and for Humanity and an understanding that life can be a gift when others care about you." 00:00:55
00:02:50 Ceremony at the 'Raoul Wallenberg' room: EP President Martin SCHULZ is lifting the European flag that gives the view free to the sign 'Raoul Wallenberg', (1 shot), Ms Nane Maria ANNAN, niece of Raoul Wallenberg, lifts another curtain to give free the view to the sign explaining in short the role of Raoul Wallenberg. (1 shot) 00:00:21
00:03:11 SOUNDBITE (English): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "The room 'Raoul Wallenberg', behind us, is the room named by a real hero, who should be an ideal for all of us, thank you very much." 00:00:11
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