Raoul Wallenberg’s Legacy for America’s Patriots

By Phil Orenstein  August 4, 2012


 I am involved in a community project in Queens, New York, to place a statue of Raoul Wallenberg, one of the foremost heroes of WWII, at the Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College.  The message of Wallenberg’s life and legacy is particularly germane to the Tea Party, which is all about individual initiative, constitutionally limited government, and free enterprise.  Raoul Wallenberg epitomizes individual initiative, freedom, and the sanctity of the individual against the all-powerful state.

Comfortable in his affluent Swedish homeland, while nearly everyone was steeped a culture of denial and submission, Wallenberg was alarmed and stood up fearlessly taking action during WWII when millions of Jews were being rounded up and sent to be slaughtered in the Nazi death camps.  Jews were considered traitors and subhuman parasites in Hitler’s Germany, and civilized people in German and European high society turned away from the horrors of the concentration camps, believing that it couldn’t happen there.

Life was comfortable outside the war zone in Wallenberg’s homeland of Sweden, and good people believed they were insignificant and powerless in the face of Hitler’s mighty authoritarian state.  But Wallenberg, a righteous Christian, stood up alone against all odds and became a heroic figure in the fight of good against hatred and evil.  In short, he saved 100,000 Hungarian Jews from extermination toward the closing days of WWII.

Wallenberg stood eyeball-to-eyeball in Hungary with Nazi colonel Adolf Eichmann, who was charged with rounding up all the Hungarian Jewish men, women, and children, the remaining large concentration of Jews left alive in Europe in the last days of WWII, and deporting them to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps in neighboring Poland for slaughter.  But Wallenberg foiled Eichmann, issuing thousands of protective Swedish passports to Hungarian Jews.  He was the hero who appeared in times of great danger to win the battle against great evil.

We will be erecting the statue at Queensborough Community College — the first Wallenberg memorial on a U.S. college campus — to model his life as an example for our youth and all good people to follow today.

it’s imperative that we study the heroic life and legacy of Raoul Wallenberg.  People back then, as is the case now, gave up their rights for comfort and security.  People look the other way and don’t want to be bothered.  Like in Nazi Germany, when their neighbors were being rounded up and taken away to the death camps, people thought to themselves, “Glad it’s not me.”  People are the same today.  They don’t want to be involved.  Half the people have become dependent on the largess of the welfare state, and the other half believe that politics is crooked and government is corrupt.  And they are right.

But as for us — as for the members of the Tea Party and the freedom-loving patriots who cherish our liberties and independence — our epiphanies came when we got up off the couch and stopped yelling at the TV.  Our job is to become more active than ever before for the sake of America.  It is our job to fight against the crushing power of the government that has robbed the people of their spirit and sovereignty.  We need to awaken our friends, co-workers, family, and neighbors — our fellow Americans who have given up any real hope for their future and their children’s future — and save our country, just as Raoul Wallenberg saved the lives of 100,000 Jewish men, women, and children.

As soon as WWII was over, Raoul Wallenberg was detained as a spy by the Russians who captured Hungary.  He disappeared into the Soviet Union.  To this day, no one knows his fate.Around the time of the fall of the Soviet Union and after Hungary’s liberation from Soviet authoritarian rule, a monument to Wallenberg was dedicated in Budapest, and the Hungarian Raoul Wallenberg Association was formed.  The American Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship committee held a human rights symposium and a freedom march through the streets of Budapest.  It is with this same objective that we venture to install a statue of Raoul Wallenberg at the Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College, the only Holocaust Resource Center on a college campus: to give our kids the greatest lesson in the battle for the soul of America.  It’s a lesson of courage, fearlessness, honor, commitment, duty, self-reliance, hard work, and character.  These values will constitute the battle of liberty against tyranny, on a landscape consisting of good actors and bad.  We aim to teach a lesson in understanding our history, understanding the present times, and never repeating our past mistakes.  We aim to sound a clarion call for all who cherish their freedoms to heed the well-known words of Edmund Burke: “All it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”

Phil Orenstein is a Republican county committeeman from Queens, N.Y. and a manufacturing manager at Orics Industries Inc., NY.  He is a member of the National Conference on Jewish Affairs.


The particulars of totalitarianism vary from place to place and time to time; the results, by contrast, are remarkably consistent: poverty, hunger, abolition of privately owned firearms and communications and property in general, state control of education and religion and science, national depression and alcoholism, secret political trials and prisons and death camps, orchestrated ethnic and/or class and/or religious hatred, the triumph of state propaganda over the pursuit of truth and collective over individual goals, transformation of national borders into prison walls, state control of reproduction, medicine, agriculture, and food distribution, and above and beyond all else, mass murder.

The divine right of kings is dead. Long live the divine right of states!


Agreed. On my darlker days I find myself hoping we haven’t already lost the Nation. And then I come across someone who believes as I do, unexpectedly, and I’m gratified to discover there are more of us than there are of them. We sre simply not being allowed access to popular opinion because our MSM has shut down, voluntarily. They are complicit in the attempted overthrow of our society. Shame on them and their “profession”. I couldn’t imagine a larger assemblage of prostitutes than are represented by the vast majority of the MSM. I haven’t watched even local news broadcasts for years, save for weather reports, and then only for local relevance. But I firmly believe we will win in the end. I see the pendulum swinging slowly, but it is swinging. My wife, who was apolitical until the last year also sees it. I consider that to be a minor miracle because she had NO interest whatsoever. But now she sees it, and she’s alarmed. And she’s justified. But we have God on our side; I’m quite certain we’ll win.


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