Recently posthumously rewarded US Congressional Gold Medal and an honorary citizen of Canada, the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg is renowned worldwide for his successful efforts to save the lives of tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazi persecution during the Second World War, by handing out protective Swedish passports.
Through this panel discussion, The Raoul Wallenberg Legacy of Leadership Project aims at increasing awareness of Raoul Wallenberg, his legacy and its importance for contemporary mass atrocity prevention, echoing the indispensable message that every individual can make a difference in standing up against mass atrocities. Join the discussion on the life and legacy of a man who faced evil with courage and true acts of heroism, and learn why this still matters today.
Paul Dewar, Canadian Member of Parliament and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity, Irwin Cotler, Canadian Member of Parliament and former Minister of Justice, and Errol Mendes, Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, lawyer, and author.
Opening remarks will be delivered by Vera Gara, Holocaust survivor and author and David Lunderquist, Swedish chargé d’affaires in Ottawa.