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RAOUL WALLENBERG ACADEMY

Raoul Wallenberg Academy inspires new generations to create change and make a difference. Inspired by the deeds and person of Raoul Wallenberg, the purpose of the Academy is to encourage young individuals to take action for equal rights. We do this by providing tools, inspiration and projects, using Raoul Wallenberg as a role model.

Raoul Wallenberg Academy was established in 2001 by Raoul Wallenberg’s sister, Nina Lagergren. Today, six full-time employees are working with the Academy’s programs and projects in Stockholm.

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TRAINING PROGRAMS

Raoul Wallenberg Academy successfully provides a number of leadership programs for students. This is done both through summer programs for high school students, and by training facilitators to educate in schools directly. The programs aim to help the students to be grounded in their values, and to make a difference by being engaged and acting for positive social change.

RAOUL WALLENBERGS DAY

August the 27, is the national day for equal rights, and civil courage. This is the first national day in Sweden to commemorate and honor a civilian. During the day, the Raoul Wallenberg Prize is awarded to a person in Sweden who is working in the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg, mainly through increasing knowledge among children and youth regarding xenophobia, intolerance, and equal rights.

100 WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

This year, in relation to Raoul Wallenberg Day, we are launching a list of 100 ways to make a difference. The idea is to inspire and motivate individuals to train their civil courage, and to initiate a debate around these issues. The list is a product of an open process where we have gone through a hundreds of ideas and suggestions submitted to us.

ONGOING PROJECTS

The school project ”Every person can make a difference” aims to inform students about human rights and equality. As part of the project, black “cubes” (3*3*3 meters), are sent to selected high schools around the country. The students are given the opportunity to creatively interpret one of the thirty human rights from the UN Declaration of Human Rights. This is done through texts, images, film, theater, or installations inside the cube.

The students also discuss human rights, civil courage, and how one can make a difference, with the help of a pedagogical package provided as part of the project. On Raoul Wallenberg Day, the cubes are put on display in Stockholm, with the purpose of initiating debate about human rights, civil courage, and equality, with Raoul Wallenberg as a source of inspiration. The project is made possible through a cooperation with Friends, and support from Arvsfonden and Postkodlotteriet.

WHO WAS RAOUL WALLENBERG?

Raoul Wallenberg was a young man who went his own way. As a Swedish diplomat, he worked at the Embassy in Budapest during the final stages of World War II. His deeds in Budapest are unique; through courage, knowledge, organizational skills, audacity, and ingenuity, he was able to save tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust.

Raoul Wallenberg was born in Stockholm on August 27, 1912. In 1944 he was recruited by the American War Refugee Board to travel as a Swedish diplomat to Budapest. By that time, the Nazis had already sent over 435,000 Jews from the Hungarian countryside to the concentration camp in Auschwitz. In Budapest, 230,000 Jews remained, who were restrained to live in certain houses and forced to wear the yellow star of David visibly on their chests. In Budapest, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory. This way, he could save tens of thousands of Jewish lives. As the Red Army arrived in Budapest towards the end of the War, they captured Raoul Wallenberg. His fate is still unknown. No Swede has had so many schools, streets, and parks, named after him as Raoul Wallenberg. There are monuments in his honor all around the world. He is an honorary citizen in a number of countries.

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