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Hiram Bingham IV, WWII Hero

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Hiram Bingham IV for his efforts during World War II.

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By His Excellency JOHN G. ROWLAND, Governor: an Official Statement

WHEREAS, Hiram Bingham IV (who died in Salem, Connecticut in 1988) is recognized as an American WWII diplomatic hero, who saved between 2500 and 5000 refugees as they fled Hitler's occupied Europe from Marseilles, France; and

WHEREAS, Hiram Bingham IV organized clandestine rescue efforts, against departmental policies, and harbored many refugees at his diplomatic residence in Marseilles. France where he was stationed as U.S. Consul from 1939-1941; and

WHEREAS, Hiram Bingham IV placed humanity above career in rescuing thousands of refugees from the Holocaust. Hiram Bingham IV helped some of the most notable intellectuals and artists to escape. including Marc Chagall, painter; Leon Feuchtwanger, author; Golo Mann, historian, son of Thomas Mann: and Dr. and Mrs. Otto Meyerhof, Nobel Prize winning physicist, and their son Walter.

WHEREAS, Connecticut is proud of Hiram Bingham IV, whose story is now unfolding, fiRy years later. He is recognized as one of eleven diplomats who saved 200.000 lives from the Holocaust, which amounts to one million descendants of survivors today. He is the only American diplomat to be so recognized during Israel's 50th Anniversary at the Yad Vashem, National Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem;

WHEREAS, Hiram Bingham IV's WWII activities have been featured at a number of Holocaust museums and exhibits worldwide: on April 24, 1998, an exhibit opened at the Yad Vashem, Israel's National Holocaust Museum~ featuring the eleven diplomats including Hiram Bingham IV. In 1998, he was featured in exhibits at the Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles, at the American Jewish Heritage Museum in New York City, and in memorabilia at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. On April 3, 2000, an exhibit opens with an extensive program and media coverage at the United Nations, New York City, honoring Hiram Bingham IV in the select group of WWII diplomatic heros; and

WHEREAS, Hiram Bingham IV courageously followed his conscience by writing "visas for life" and affidavits of eligibility for passage and organizing refugees' escapes from Europe, yet many people in the world have still not learned of this courageous man; now

THEREFORE, I, John G. Rowland, Governor, do hereby officially designate April 3, 2000 as HIRAM BINGHAM IV DAY in the State of Connecticut.

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