Holocaust Memorial Center to honor Swedish diplomat

Published On: Jul 30 2012 10:00:46 PM EDT

The Holocaust Memorial Center is honoring a Swedish diplomat who helps save tens of thousands of Jews.

The center in Farmington Hills is presenting a special exhibit and full week of programs for Raoul Wallenberg.

While serving as Sweden's special envoy in Budapest between July and December 1944, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory. In 1945, during the Siege of Budapest by the Red Army, he was detained by Soviet authorities on suspicion of espionage and subsequently disappeared.

The programs are celebrating 100 years since Wallenberg's birth.

The schedule of special events is below:

  • Tuesday, July 31, 7 p.m., Holocaust Memorial Center (28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills)
    Louise Borden presents "Celebrating Raoul Wallenberg: Finding a Hero, Telling His Story."
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1 p.m., Farmington Community Library (32737 West 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills)
    "One Person Can Make A Difference"…Louise Borden will discuss her work as a writer and share stories and connections behind her World War II books for young readers.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Fox Run (41000 13 Mile Road, Novi)
    Celebrating the 100th Birthday of a Holocaust Hero presentation and discussion with Morris Wolff
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., JCC West Bloomfield (6600 W. Maple Rd. WestBloomfield)
    "The Life and Goodness of Raoul Wallenberg: Newly Discovered Facts," sponsored by IRP/SAJE
  • Thursday, Aug. 2, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Dearborn Centennial Public Library (16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn)
    "Exploring Raoul Wallenberg in Literature and History" with Morris Wolff
  • Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m., Temple Kol Ami (5085 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township)
    Morris Wolff will present the D'var Torah, "The Judaic Tradition of Seeking Justice: Raoul Wallenberg's Courageous Work"
  • Sunday, Aug. 5, 2:30 p.m., Holocaust Memorial Center (28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills)
    Morris Wolff illuminates "Raoul Wallenberg's Altruistic Legacy: How Can We Honor His Contributions?"

Admission for the week at the Holocaust Memorial will be complimentary. Donations will be accepted.


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