On November 29, the Menorah Center hosted an event in the framework of The Raoul Wallenberg 1912-2012 Project, timed to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg, a prominent Swedish diplomat, who had saved thousands of Jews in Budapest during the Holocaust. The event is prepared by the Embassies of Sweden, Israel, and Hungary in cooperation with the Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine Museum and Tkuma All-Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, with the support of the governor of Dnepropetrovsk region Alexander Vilkul and the mayor of Dnepropetrovsk Ivan Kulichenko.
The honorary guests of the event were Michal Bayer, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to Ukraine, Stefan Gullgren, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to Ukraine, Itzhak Carmel Kagan, deputy head of the diplomatic mission of the Embassy of the state of Israel to Ukraine, and Evgeny Udod, the Chairman of the Dnepropetrovsk Regional Council and others
The guests were greeted by Shmuel Kaminezki, the Chief Rabbi of Dnepropetrovsk and Dnepropetrovsk Region. In his speech he made the following emphasis: “Ukraine today can boast of the one of the largest Jewish Diasporas, the fifth in the world. It is very important that we remember our past and plan the bright future”.
According to Stefan Gullgren, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to Ukraine, various events in the framework of this project are being held now in almost 50 countries of the world. He made the following comment: “Such people, as Raoul Wallenberg, will stay forever in our memory and inspire others”.
Michal Bayer, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to Ukraine, mentioned that owing to the Raoul Wallenberg 1912-2012 project, we received an opportunity today to cast a glance into the past. “The life path of Raoul Wallenberg is an outstanding example of the way how the moral principles of one person can rise above the totalitarian regime and counteract it”, said the Ambassador.
The central part of the event became the lecture of Professor Kristian Gerner, a Swedish leading historian and specialist in the history of Eastern Europe, member of the committee to explore the Raoul Wallenberg’s fate.
The audience also received a chance to study the Swedish and Hungarian mobile exhibitions and watch a short movie devoted to the life and public activity of the prominent Swedish diplomat.