“Courage in the Face of Evil” – Commemorating Raoul Wallenberg

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    Raoul Wallenberg exhibition. Photo: Karl Gabor


Seminar in Rome 24 September 2012

This year is the centenary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jewish lives in Budapest in 1944-45 in the last throes of the Second World War.

Raoul Wallenberg is remembered the world over for his heroic efforts in the service of humanity.

However, he was not alone. Other neutral embassies, including the Apostolic Nunciature, led by Mons. Angelo Rotta, and his secretary, Mons. Gennaro Verolino, worked tirelessly in Budapest to protect Jews and to prevent their deportation. Mons Verolino was the first to receive the Swedish Per Anger Prize, named after Wallenberg's friend and colleague in Budapest, as a recognition for extraordinary services to human rights.

A seminar to commemorate Raoul Wallenberg was organized on 24 September by the Swedish Embassy to the Holy See, the Union of Italian Jewish Communities and the Community of Sant'Egidio.

The main speakers were Bengt Jangfeldt, historian and Wallenberg biographer, Frank Vajda, saved by Wallenberg in 1944/45 and Claudio Magris, writer and essayist.


Programme

Welcome
Ulla Gudmundson, Ambassador of Sweden to the Holy See
Avv. Renzo Gattegna, President Union of Italian Jewish Communities

Introduction
Prof. Cesare De Valeris, Community of Sant'Egidio

Interventions
“Who Was Raoul Wallenberg? A Biographical Portrait”
Prof. Bengt Jangfeldt, historian and biographer, Stockholm, Sweden

“Budapest 1944 And After – Memories of Raoul Wallenberg and of Mons. Gennaro Verolino”
Prof. Frank Vajda, Melbourne, Australia

“Resistance and the Spirit of Time”
Prof. Claudio Magris, Trieste, Italy

Conversation
– Which Lessons for Europe and for Humanity?
Prof. Valerio De Cesaris, Community of Sant'Egidio
Dr Falminia Giovanelli, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Prof. Bengt Jangfeldt, Sweden
Prof. Claudio Magris, Italy
Prof. Frank Vajda, Australia
Representative, Union of Italian Jewish Communities

Conclusion


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The Embassy of Sweden to Italy will organize, in cooperation with partners, a series of events in October 2012 to commemorate Raoul Wallennberg.