Monday, March 12, 2012

Raoul Wallenberg Centennary Exhibit Video

With a Cameo by our pal, FM Carl Bildt 

In the exhibit's promo clip, Bildt introduces the exhibit says it's not about  Wallenberg's fate at the hands of the Stalinist regime, but Wallenberg's actions "saving tens and tens of thousands of people from the evils of the Nazi Empire". Bildt notes that the exhibit opened in Budapest and will tour also Moscow and "other places around the world".

Okay, is it just me, or did Bildt have a hard time saying Jews were murdered? The exhibit will also be shown in New York and Tel Aviv--were those also unmentionable?? Or just too Jewish...

Also not mentioned is Sweden's apparent unwillingness to pursue the issue of Wallenberg's fate at the hands of the Soviet regime. According to Soviet accounts,Wallenberg was held captive at least until his recorded death in July of 1947 in the notorious Lubyanka prison.

Nonetheless, the exhibit as described by its curator appears to be a thoughtful tribute on the 100th anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg's birth. Yihiyeh zichro baruch.

In recognition of the centenary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish Institute and The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) present: To me there’s no other choice – Raoul Wallenberg 1912-2012, an exhibition about the rescuer of tens of thousands of Jews, on display in New York on March 13-24.

Armed only with his bravery and moral courage, the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust. Throughout 2012 – the centenary of Raoul Wallenberg’s birth – the exhibition To me there’s no other choice - Raoul Wallenberg 1912-2012 will travel all over the world. March 13 to 24, it will be presented at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America in New York. In conjunction with the Holocaust Remembrance Day, the exhibition will also be on view at House of Sweden in Washington DC on April 19-30.

full article and clip here 

h/t to Inka

1 comment:

  1. I applaud this exhibition and its importance at this time, but am toubled by it's perpetuating the image of Sweden as a humanitarian nation towards the Jews, when it has become anything but.

    Hopefully, it will get some people up to speed on what's been happening in cities like Malmo and the rise of anti-semitism in Sweden and Norden.