Release an Australia Post postage stamp in honour of Raoul Wallenberg, Australia's first and only Honorary Citizen.
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In 1944-45 in Budapest, Hungary, Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish, Protestant diplomat, aged 32, at great personal risk, saved 100,000 lives from Nazi persecution during the Holocaust. In only six months he achieved the most significant rescue of Jews during the entire history of World War Two.
He was taken into 'protective' custody by Russian troops on 17 January 1945 and disappeared behind the Iron Curtain. To this day, his whereabouts and fate remain a mystery.
Other countries have made Raoul Wallenberg an Honorary Citizen; these include Canada, Israel, the United States of America and the city of Budapest in Hungary. In April 2013, he was made Australia's first Honorary Citizen during his centenary year. A ceremony to mark this event was held at Government House, Canberra, on 6 May 2013 with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Governor General Quentin Bryce AC CVO and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in attendance.
The awarding of Honorary Citizenship itself is outstanding since this has never happened before in Australia's history and is, therefore, a matter of great national and international public interest.
A number of other countries have issued postage stamps to honour Raoul Wallenberg and to highlight his exemplary courage and heroic deeds, including Argentina, Canada, Dominica, Guyana, Hungary (2), Israel, Liberia, Sweden (2), and the United States of America.
The release of an Australian postage stamp with Raoul Wallenberg, our first Honorary Citizen as its subject, would heighten knowledge of his heroism during the Holocaust and make the general public aware that Australia now has this very special category of citizenship.
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