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The Project


The Raoul Wallenberg Legacy of Leadership Project, an initiative of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, aims at increasing awareness of Raoul Wallenberg, his legacy and its importance for contemporary mass atrocity prevention among the younger generations and the general public in selected cities of North America and internationally during fall 2014. 


By launching a discussion and imparting knowledge of Wallenberg and his legacy, the Swedish diplomat accredited with saving the lives of tens of thousands of Jews during the Second World War in Hungary, The Raoul Wallenberg Legacy of Leadership Project will echo the indispensable message that every individual can make a difference in standing up against mass atrocities.


Public events are being held in New York, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, and are bringing together recognized advocates for genocide prevention and human rights to reflect on the matter through talks and panel discussions. Op-eds and other content are also being produced by distinguished individuals to further shine light on the matter.


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Raoul Wallenberg

On July 9th, 1944 a young Swede landed in Budapest. His name was Raoul Wallenberg and his arrival in Hungary marked the beginning of what would become one of the most tragic and inspiring stories to emerge from World War II. Raoul Wallenberg is accredited with having saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews during the Second World War. 


As Sweden’s special envoy to Hungary, Wallenberg had come to Budapest with a singular mission -to save as many Jews possible, by any means possible.


By the time Wallenberg began his rescue operation almost half a million Hungarian Jews had already been deported to the Auschwitz Birkenau extermination camp. Still, 230,000 Jews remained trapped in Hungary.


Wallenberg, who had no prior experience in diplomacy, worked with the War Refugee Board to issue thousands of protective passports, secure Jewish Safe houses around the city, and dissuade German forces destroying the Budapest Ghetto. Read More

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