JOINT RESOLUTION proposed to be introduced by Member of Congress________________________:

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

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

Hiram Bingham IV placed humanity above career in rescuing thousands of famous and ordinary 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. "Harry" rescued Mr. Feuchtwanger from an internment camp by driving to the camp's "authorized" swimming hole and telling Feuchtwanger to get in the car and put on women's clothes as they sped away. He later hid Feuchtwanger at his diplomatic residence, keeping Feuchtwanger dressed at all times as Harry's "mother-in-law" from Waycross, Georgia;

America can be proud of her native son, Salem's 'Schindler,' whose story is now unfolding, fifty years later. He is recognized as one of eleven righteous diplomats who saved 200,000 from the Holocaust, which amounts to one million descendants of survivors today. He is the only American diplomat to be so recognized at Israel's 50th Anniversary exhibit of the eleven righteous diplomats at the Yad Vashem National Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem;

Hiram Bingham IV courageously followed his conscience by writing visas 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;

Hiram Bingham IV is uniquely qualified for the honor of a commemorative postage stamp bearing his likeness since his heroism involves historical federal government service that is heartwarming to all Americans;

Hiram Bingham IV's WWII activities have been featured at Holocaust 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 IV. In 1998, he has been featured by exhibits at the Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles and at the American Jewish Heritage Museum in New York City, and in memorabilia at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC;

Hiram Bingham IV, the only United States Diplomat who has been officially honored by the State of Israel as a "righteous diplomat," is being increasingly so recognized by the American government for his role in saving thousands of refugees from the Holocaust. He will be honored at the United Nations in New York in an exhibit of the select few righteous diplomats, opening in an extensive public ceremony on April 3, 2000; and

Since Hiram Bingham IV placed humanity above his personal career in saving the lives of so many ordinary and famous refugees during Europe's darkest hour, the time for issuance of a United States commemorative stamp in his honor is long overdue.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: That Congress urges the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee and United States Postmaster General to issue a commemorative stamp in honor of Hiram Bingham IV, America's diplomat Holocaust hero. Since Hiram Bingham IV was born on July 17, 1903 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it is the sense of Congress that such a deserving commemorative stamp should be issued on or before the one hundredth anniversary of his birth, July 17, 2003. "