Letter from Rabbi Abraham Cooper
By Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance
May 31, 2012
I will never forget that cold winter day. January 17, 1981. A ‘whose who’ of Jews, led by the Simon Wiesenthal, Eli Wiesel, Nobel laureates along with anonymous survivors of the Holocaust, came to Stockholm, Sweden to say a belated thank you to an unheralded hero, Raoul Wallenberg, and to press the Soviets for the truth about the ultimate fate of the Nazi Holocaust’s greatest Christian hero. “It is more important to find out the fate of this great man than to catch another Nazi War criminal,” Mr. Wiesenthal, the revered Nazi Hunter, declared 36 years to the day when the Soviet NKVD had kidnapped the Swede in the midst of his heroic mission to save thousands of Jews from the Nazi genocidal push to murder Hungary’s remaining Jews. Last seen in Stalin’s infamous Lubyanka prison in 1947, Wallenberg never emerged from the Soviet gulag and his final fate is still uncertain.