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Raoul Wallenberg Issue

The Postal Service honored Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg with the issuance of a 32-cent commemorative stamp on April 24, 1997, in Washington, DC.

Raoul Wallenberg, an international symbol of twentieth- century humanitarianism, issued protective passes, the "Schutz-Passes," and provided safe houses that saved countless lives of Jews during World War II. In 1981, he was awarded honorary American citizenship, only one of two individuals to have received this honor up until that time (the other was Sir Winston Churchill).

The stamp was designed by Howard Paine of Delaplane, Virginia, and illustrated by Burt Silverman of New York, New York. The stamp depicts Wallenberg with various design elements to suggest his humanitarian efforts. The stamp was issued in a pane of twenty and printed by Ashton-Potter (USA), Ltd., in the offset process.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (March 27, 1997).


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