The life and legacy of the man who saved more than 100,000 Hungarian Jews during World War II will be honoured in Montreal next week with the last in a series of international panel discussions.
The Raoul Wallenberg Legacy of Leadership Project, an initiative of Concordia's Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), was created earlier this year in the interests of educating the public on the actions of Wallenberg and fostering discussion about the prevention of mass atrocities.
In June 1944, at the age of 31, Swedish native Wallenberg traveled to Budapest to serve as a diplomatic envoy. He fabricated counterfeit Swedish passports and established safe houses to protect Jews from German and Hungarian officials.
Near the end of the war, Wallenberg saved over 100,000 in a Budapest ghetto by reminding the Nazis that they would be tried as war criminals if they killed its occupants. Read More