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Wallenberg Fam Wants Obama Help

The family of World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg will ask President Barack Obama for help in their quest to find out what happened to the Swedish diplomat who vanished after being arrested by Soviet forces in 1945. Wallenberg's niece, Marie Dupuy, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the family will present a letter to Obama at a memorial ceremony for Wallenberg that the president is set to attend Wednesday in Stockholm. In the letter, Wallenberg's half-sister Nina Lagergren and the widow of his half brother, Matilda von Dardel, suggest U.S. diplomats raise the Wallenberg issue “directly in formal discussions with Russian authorities/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Do you know the connection between Raoul Wallenberg and the city of Coeur d'Alene?

Mend Takes ‘Heroes’ Worldwide

Marshall Mend and Ty Beaver plan to raise money for the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene and other groups through a deal with a New York City-based organization to sell its diversity curriculum, “A Study of Heroes.” Mend and Beaver are shown Tuesday at the institute/Kathy Plonka, SR.

A longtime Coeur d’Alene human rights activist has struck a deal with the New York City-based Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States to market and sell its character education program, “A Study of Heroes.” Marshall Mend, a founding member of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, is forming a nonprofit organization called Human Rights Sales and Marketing, which will donate a portion of the proceeds to human rights organizations, including the Coeur d’Alene-based Human Rights Education Institute. “This program inspires kids to be mentors and heroes,” Mend said. “The program is so good and so exciting and something people can believe in”/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: What would the Coeur d’Alene area be like today if the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations hadn’t emerged to challenge the Aryan Nations?

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