24 June 2012
Marking 100 years since the birth of Raoul Wallenberg Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research will be holding a symposium on Tuesday June 26, 2012 on Rescue Operations During the Holocaust. The program will take place in the Yad Vashem Auditorium at 9:30 in Hebrew and English with simultaneous translation.
The symposium will take place with the participation of Swedish Minster for Integration the Hon. Mr. Erik Ullenhag - The Living Legacy of Raoul Wallenberg, Prof. Irwin Cotler, MP, former Canadian Minister of Justice - Raoul Wallenberg and his Humanitarian Legacy: What have we Learned? What Must we Do?, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs MK Danny Ayalon, MK Dr. Marina Solodkin, Hungarian Ambassador to Israel HE Mr. Zoltan Szentgyorgyi, Holocaust survivor and activist in the Zionist Youth Movements’ Underground in Budapest David Gur, Michael Wernsted, representative of the Wallenberg family, Dr. Bengt Jangfeldt who has recently uncovered new documentation related to the period - Who was Raoul Wallenberg: A Biographical portrait, Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Dr. Robert Rozett, Director, Yad Vashem Libraries - Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest and Prof. Dina Porat, Yad Vashem Chief Historian, who will chair the first session.
During the symposium, the Wallenberg Maquette, created by artist Philip Jackson and donated to Yad Vashem by Milla Gradel and Maurice Djanogly OBE, will be presented to Yad Vashem by Mr. David Gradel, where it will become part of Yad Vashem's Collections.
A special session of the symposium is dedicated to Rescuers and Survivors, with the participation of Irena Steinfeldt, Director of the Righteous Among the Nations Department, Yad Vashem, Prof Dan Michman, Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Dr. Rafi Vago, Tel Aviv University, Dr. Iael Nidam-Orvieto, Editor-in-Chief, Publications Department, Yad Vashem. Dr. Bella Gutterman will moderate the session.