On January 24, the Embassies of Sweden and the United States, in collaboration with Aegis Trust and the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP), will gather at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in celebration of rescuer Raoul Wallenberg’s 2012 centenary and the deeds of Rwandan rescuers who chose to stand up against persecution during the Genocide against the Tutsis in 1994.
An exhibition celebrating the life of Raoul Wallenberg will also be inaugurated at the event, and will remain open to the public at the Kigali Genocide Memorial until February 10th.
In 1944, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg saved tens of thousands of Jews in Budapest from the Holocaust.
His actions show that one person’s courage and ability can make a difference. This was again demonstrated by rescuers during the Genocide against the Tutsis in 1994.
This event will include testimony from a Rwandan rescuer, Sula Karuhimbi, a short film produced by Aegis Trust in partnership with USC Shoah Foundation, ‘Rescuers in Rwanda,’ and a panel discussion on the relevance of these lessons today.
Panelists include Professor Pierre Rwanyindo, Director, IRDP; Dr Stephen Smith, Executive director of USC Shoah Foundation and co-founder of Aegis Trust; Carl Wilkens, former head of Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda and founder of World Outside My Shoes and Michael Wernstedt, grandnephew and member of Raoul Wallenberg Differencemakers.
As part of the celebration, the Swedish Embassy will also be hosting a screening on Friday, January 25 at 18:00 at the Lemigo Hotel of the film, “Good Evening Mr. Wallenberg.” The screening is free and open to the public.