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FILM SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION RAOUL WALLENBERG: A HERO FOR OUR TIME
Sunday, September 11, 4:00 PMCLICK HERE TO REGISTERCenter for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail $10 online registration by September 10, $15 at the door (Masks required) Presented by the Wallenberg Committee of Temple Beth Shalom in collaboration with the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival and Global Santa Fe This program, on the 110th anniversary of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg’s birth, features an award-winning film followed by a discussion featuring three experts who will discuss his life and legacy. Wallenberg saved as many as 100,000 Jewish lives in German-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust. In 1981, he became only the second person in history to receive honorary U.S. citizenship. Who was Raoul Wallenberg, and what can we learn from his heroic efforts to save Jews in the winter of 1944-45 in Budapest? Why did he disappear in January 1945, and what was his subsequent fate? Esther Kovari, whose mother was saved by Wallenberg, will introduce the program which will begin with the showing of the first half of the documentary, “The Case of Raoul Wallenberg-Savior and Victim”. Following the screening, a discussion will explore Wallenberg’s work. Panelists: Stephen Kovary (no relation to Esther) will describe his personal experience during WWII in Budapest; historian Susanne Berger will discuss Wallenberg’s fate in the Soviet Union and current efforts to uncover the documentation related to his incarceration and death; law professor, David Scheffer, who served as the first U.S. Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes, will examine the impact of the Wallenberg case on contemporary war crimes.