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 Raoul Wallenberg
Man Amidst Inhumanity

 A temporary exhibition of the Jewish Museum of Greece

The Jewish Museum of Greece presents in collaboration with the Embassy of Hungary and the Embassy of Sweden at Athens, the temporary exhibition, entitled “Raoul Wallenberg. Man Amidst Inhumanity”, an exhibition dedicated to the courageous Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews, during WW II.

Raoul Wallenberg, a descendant of a Swedish merchant family, arrived to Budapest in July 1944, four months after the German occupation of Hungary.
Already in August of the same year, he issued under his diplomatic status 4.500 protective passports, which he had the Hungarian authorities accept as “family documents” and thus saving the lives of thousands of people. From the very beginning, he cooperated efficiently with the Red Cross, with the diplomats of neutral states and with Hungarian rescuers. Despite the dangers and the difficult internal political situation, Raoul Wallenberg although putting daily his own life at risk, he never stopped fighting for the salvation of his fellow humans.

 The temporary exhibition of the Jewish Museum of Greece has a dual significance. On the one hand, it is a tribute to the man and rescuer Raoul Wallenberg, to commemorate the centenary of his birth. On the other hand, the case of Raoul Wallenberg is a prime example of humanism, respect of diversity and peaceful coexistence for the younger generations, especially today, in view of the difficulties experienced by our country. The commemorative year (2012) to Raoul Wallenberg’s memory gives us the opportunity to place important social issues, such as human values and rights, under thorough consideration.
The exhibition inauguration will take place on Monday 22nd October 2012 from 17:00 to21:00 and it will remain open until 11th November 2012. Visitors will be welcome from 09:00 to 14:30 on weekdays and from 10:00 to 14:00 on Sundays. The Museum is closed on Saturdays.
For more information, photographs and printed matter please contact the  Jewish Museum of Greece, 39 Nikis Street, Athens 105 57, tel. +30 210 32 25 582, fax: +30 210 32 31 577, e-mail: info@jewishmuseum.gr, website: www.jewishmuseum.gr, between 09:00 - 14:30 Monday to Friday.



The Ambassador of Hungary in Athens Ms. Eszter Sándorfi
with the Director of the JMG Ms. Zanet Battinou
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