Salem's 'Schindler,' whose story is now unfolding, fifty years
later. (See attached news accounts.) The eleven "righteous
Hiram ("Harry") Bingham of the United States, in
Aristides De Sousa Mendes, of Portugal, in Bordeaux, France
George Dickuitz of Germany, in Copenhagen, Denmark
Feng Shan Ho of China, in Vienna, Austria
Paul Komor of Hungary, in Shanghai, China
Carl Lutz of S`vitzerland, in Budapest, Hungary
Giorgio Perlasca' an Italian possessing temporary Spanish citizenship,
in Budapest, Hungary
Chiune Sugihara of Japan, in Kovno, Lithuania
Raoul Wallenberg and Per Anger of Sweden, in Budapest, Hungary
Jan Zwartendijk of Holland, in Kaunas, Lithuania
Collectively, these eleven men, at great personal risk to
themselves, clandestinely saved 200,000 lives from the Holocaust,
by writing visas and affidavits of eligibility for passage, and
planning escapes from Europe, in derogation of their superiors'
orders. Today, there are an estimated one million descendants
of these survivors, yet "many people in the world have still
not learned of these great men and their families," according
to the Simon Weisenthal Center.
The curator of the Simon Weisenthal Center continues to gather
all pertinent information and is discussing the possibility of
having an exhibit of the righteous diplomats at the United Nations,
at the Capitol in Washington, DC, and in Paris, France; Bern,
Switzerland; and the European Parliament, in Strasbourg.
4. Hiram Bingham IV is uniquely qualified for the honor of
a commemorative postage stamp since his heroism involves federal
service that has received bipartisan praise.
5. On February 11, 1998, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut
recounted the 'Bingham story' on the Senate floor, speaking in
support of Hiram's nomination by the Yad Vashem as a "Righteous
Gentile." (See Senator Lieberman's tribute to Hiram Bingham
IV in the Congressional Record.) In April 1998, Connecticut Lieutenant
Governor Jodi Rell gave a stirring tribute to Hiram Bingham IV
during Holocaust ceremonies at the State House, as a heroic,
compassionate, son of Connecticut.
6. Hiram Bingham IV's WWII activities have already been featured
at museums: On April 24, 1998, an exhibit opened at the Yad Vashem,
Israel's National Holocaust Museum, featuring the eleven righteous
diplomats, including Hiram Bingham. 'Hiram's wall' contained
his large photograph and documents relating to his exploits in
Marseilles. He has also been featured in exhibits at the Simon
Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles and at the Jewish Heritage Museum
in New York City, and in memorabilia at the Holocaust Museum
in Washington, DC.