Join the Nordic Museum for the 24th Annual Raoul Wallenberg Dinner, honoring the memory of the Swedish diplomat who intervened to save thousands of Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps.
Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish architect and businessman, who served as Sweden's special envoy in Nazi-occupied Budapest from July to December, 1944. During that time, Wallenberg issued protective passports to Jewish persons and sheltered Jews in Swedish-territory buildings, saving tens of thousands of people from deportation to concentration camps. Wallenberg was detained by the Soviet Army in 1944, and reportedly died in a communist prison in 1947. Today, he is celebrated by countries worldwide for his courageous humanitarian efforts.
Professor Barker’s lecture, “What Happened to Humanitarianism? A Crisis of Solidarity,” will provide insight into the Swedish response to the European refugee crisis and how this response is shaping the future of the region.
Vanessa Barker is Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University and Associate Director of Border Criminologies. Her research focuses on questions of democracy and penal order, the welfare state and border control, the criminalization and penalization of migrants, and the role of civil society in penal reform.
Special Thanks to Our Partner Organizations for This Event
Washington State Jewish Historical Society, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, and Holocaust Center for Humanity.