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06 03 2012
A new initiative of the International Raoul Wallenberg foundation

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                                                            Dear Sirs,


 
We are pleased to address you on behalf of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, a global-reach NGO whose main mission is to research and divulge the legacies of Raoul Wallenberg  and his likes.
 
Lately, we have opened a special chapter about Armenia, its history and its cultural values. In that framework, we are conducting a thorough investigation work to shed light on the Armenian rescuers who, scattered across Europe in WWII, risked their lives to save those persecuted by the Nazis. So far, 21 Amenian women and men have been officially recognized as Righteous among the Nations.
 
At the same time, in line with our strong interfaith background, we are creating initiatives conducive to a rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey, not only the countries, but also their respective peoples.
 
It is in this framework that we approach you to ask for your assistance in promoting a specific idea amongst your distinguished readership.
What we have in mind is a sort of "Literary Contest" to be carried out in Armenia and Turkey. On the one hand, we are creating a track for academic and high-school students. On the other hand, we are turning to prestigious newspapers and other media, in order to team-up with them and offer the contest to their readership and audiences.
 
The theme of the literary work should deal with reconciliation. Possible titles could be: "Armenia and Turkey building bridges of understanding and mutual respect, paving the path to a common future" or "Armenian youngsters envision a future of open borders and shared prosperity", or  "the Role Armenian young people in the establishment a normal relation with the neighbors". Of course, Turkish students and readers will write similar themes from their perspective.
 
Our idea is to let  you, as the organizers, to set-up your own rules of the contest, including the format of the literary work, the set-up of the Jury, etc. The IRWF, in turn, will offer the Awards to the winning contestants, that could consist in special diplomas plus money prizes.
We would highly appreciate if your prestigious news entity could support this project by encouraging its readers/audience to participate in the same
 
Looking forward to your invaluable co-operation, we thank you in advance and remain at your disposal should you require any additional information from our end.
 
Respectfully yours,
 
Eduardo Eurnekian                               Baruch Tenenbaum                
President                                               Founder




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