Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group, representing the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration Commission, thanked House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for supporting the legislation to award Raoul Wallenberg with a Congressional Gold Medal which recently passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 377- 0 in favor.
“It is not well known but Pelosi grew up in a family that was extremely active in highlighting the plight of European Jewry. Her father was Thomas J. D’Alesandro, Jr. was a U.S. Representative from Maryland’s 3rd congressional district and subsequently the mayor of Baltimore, Maryland and throughout her career has consistently been supportive of Jewish concerns and the State of Israel” said Ezra Friedlander in praise of Pelosi.
While in Congress, D’Alesandro strongly supported the Bergson Group, a political action committee set up to that challenged the Roosevelt Administration’s policies on the Jewish refugee issue during the Holocaust, and later lobbied against British control of Palestine” despite his equally strong support for Roosevelt’s other policies
Pelosi praised the efforts of the Wallenberg Commission at a reception in honor of Congressman Jerry Nadler and expressed her gratification that the legislation is now gaining momentum in the Senate.