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Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Peter Lancz, the head of the The Raoul Wallenberg World Campaign against Racism.
FP: Peter Lancz, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Lancz: Thanks Jamie for having me and giving me this opportunity to expound on what I believe is a very timely and crucial initiative.
FP: Tell us about your Raoul Wallenberg campaign and what it’s all about.
Lancz: I am the long standing agent of my late father, Paul Lancz, who was a Hungarian born master sculptor of international renown. He is credited with the definitive bronze busts of several world figures, including J..F. Kennedy, David Ben Gurion and his incomparable tour de force of his savior Raoul Wallenberg (at the R.W. Place in Montreal.)
The bronze monument of Wallenberg is so powerfully evocative in its portrayal of courage, determination and nobility of spirit as to all but obviate the need to tell his story. It represents the quintessential hero and role model par excellence. It is the most symbolic, efficacious and consequential monument of its kind in terms of revealing the true essence of this lost hero of humanity, whom former Israeli President Chaim Herzog called the “Saint Just of the Nations.” Wallenberg, a Swedish non-Jew who saved thousands of Jews in the Holocaust, is the embodiment of the Talmudic idiom that whoever saves a single life, it is as if they have saved an entire universe.
My project aims at utilizing this depiction of Wallenberg as the centerpiece or linchpin of my new ambitious campaign, which entails its erection on university campuses and educational institutions worldwide, so as to educate about Wallenberg’s unparalleled legacy on the one hand and, by extension, about the real lessons of the Holocaust on the other. It represents the quintessential educational tool to combat anti-Semitism and “genuine” racism, the operative word being “genuine” so as to distinguish it from the faux humanitarians-racists and bigots who have exploited this terms to advance their own nefarious agendas.
FP: Expand for us a bit on the rationale of using a Wallenberg depiction to make your point.
Lancz: The rationale for putting up Wallenberg is, first and foremost, to speak truth to power. In today’s political climate, the “truth” has become the new “hate speech,” with the inversion of good and evil and right vs. wrong. Moral equivalency, multi-culturalist political correctness, moral relativism and historical revisionism have all become the norm, and so it has become of paramount importance to set the record straight.
Inherent in this campaign is an attempt to try and arm those still “sitting on the fence,” so to speak, with the necessary tools to empower them to distinguish between what true heroism, freedom and justice stands for, symbolized by Wallenberg, as opposed to the lies and distortions manufactured by the genocidal anti-Semites, the anti-individualist statists, hate-mongers and bigots. It is an attempt to turn back the still impressionable and swayable minds from the abyss, and instill in them the transcendental legacy of redemptive change that Wallenberg came to so eloquently embody.
FP: Wallenberg fought the same Islamo-Nazis of yesteryear didn’t he? What meaning do you see in that?
Lancz: Indeed he did. As many of your readers may know, Islamic anti-Semitism long predates the Nazi variety, in fact the Nazis drew much impetus and inspiration from the Koranic based Jew-hatred.
During the war, the Islamists and the Nazis — who on first sight would seem to have made unlikely bedfellows — were in fact united in their pathological Jew hatred, viewing the Jews as the very incarnation of evil, the demonic force behind all the world’s ills. Hence, they derived the need to exterminate every last metastasizing bacillus from the body politic so as to save mankind. The Mufti of Jerusalem at the time, Hajj Amin el-Husseini, was the prime instigator of Jew hatred and colluded with Hitler, Himmler and Eichmann in carrying out the final solution. His rabid, genocidal Jew hatred equalled that of the Nazis and, in fact, spurred them on in their annihilationist zeal and lethality. Ironically, Eichmann was Wallenberg’s main nemesis in Budapest in 1944, hence Wallenberg’s ties in the fight against Islamo-Fascism.
Fast-forward to today, whence we are in an existential battle with the same Islamo-Nazis of yesteryear, this time aided and abetted by the radical left and the true to form neo-Nazis. This green-red-brown axis makes for a particularly lethal brew of genocidal hatred, hence the resurgence of global anti-Semitism at levels not seen since the war. When it comes to the world’s longest hatred — the “cancer of the human soul” – namely anti-Semitism, it becomes clear that Wallenberg’s legacy is as apt today as it ever was.
Indeed much more so with every passing day.
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