to me there’s no other choice - Raoul Wallenberg

Start Date: 02/03/2019 Start Time: 12:00 am End Date: 10/04/2019 End Time: 12:00 am


Waverley Library Galleries
2 March – 10 April

Monday - Friday 9.30am - 9pm
Saturday - 9.30am - 3pm
Sunday - 1 - 5pm

This insightful touring exhibition looks at the work and life of 'Raoul Wallenberg'. Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat, assisting tens of thousands of people to flee Budapest during the Second World War. It is an exhibition about his deed and heroism, but also moral courage, tolerance and personal responsibility.

Film Screening - Good Evening, Mr Wallenberg
Monday 4 March, 6.30 - 9pm
Waverley Library Theatrette

An insightful film presented in conjunction with the touring exhibition 'Raoul Wallenberg - to me there's no other choice'.

Raoul Wallenberg, aged 32, arrived in Budapest in July, 1944, on a life and death mission. His approach was unorthodox and his methods unconventional. In six short months he made possible the largest and most successful rescue of Jews during World War II. Raoul Wallenberg was taken prisoner by the Russians on January 17th, 1945. He was never released.

The film deals exclusively with Raoul Wallenberg's final two or three weeks in Budapest (Christmas 1944 - January 1945). There are two central events: Raoul's attempts to liberate 20 or so people captured on a truck, and his efforts to save 65,000 others who are confined to the ghetto.

Raoul Wallenberg, was born in 1912, member of a famous Swedish banking family, educated as a businessman and later worked as an architect in the USA. He returned to Sweden in 1939 and ran an import-export business in luxury foods. During the war he was able to move freely in Germany, France and Hungary. But it was obvious that he had not achieved what he wished to with his life.

Original title: God afton, herr Wallenberg.
Version: DVD, English subtitles.
Running time: 115 mins.
Production: Sandrew Film 1990.
Main actors: Stellan Skarsgård, Géza Balkay, Katharina Thalbach, Percy Brandt, Károly Eperjes

Photo: Thomas Veres reproduction Karl Gabor

Presented by the Swedish Institute together with the Embassy of Sweden and supported by the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade with support by Waverley Council.

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Panel Discussion - Every person can make a difference - Moral courage, tolerance and personal responsibility 
Thursday 4 April, 6 - 8pm
Waverley Library 

The Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg is a reminder that we constantly need to fight racism and stand up for human dignity. Welcome to this discussion about what Raoul Wallenberg's legacy means today. The panelists are all prominent members of the Australian community, using their voices and platforms to influence human rights. What drives them? What challenges do they see? How do you find the courage to do the right thing even if it involves personal risks?

Join us for a drink and snack before the talk begins and view the exhibition “Raoul Wallenberg – to me there’s no other choice”. Please stay for the mingle afterwards and continue the discussions!

We proudly present the following panelists:

Craig Foster. Former Socceroo, SBS Broadcast Presenter, Member Multi-Cultural Council of Australia, Amnesty International Ambassador

Renata Kaldor AO (Australian Order - recognizing outstanding members of the community). Philanthropist Mrs Kaldor is a businesswoman and co-founder of The Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law (UNSW) and fled Eastern Europe in the aftermath of Second World War.

Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis. Prof Munjed Al Muderis is one of Australia’s leading orthopaedic surgeons. As a young doctor, he fled Iraq because he refused to obey orders under Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Director, producer and writer Mark Grentell. Mark Grentell's recent film The Merger is a story of a humble rural footy club battling xenophobia. The film was the centrepiece Gala at MIFF 2018 and is now shown at film festivals around the world.

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Presented by the Swedish Institute together with the Embassy of Sweden and supported by the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Photo: Thomas Veres reproduction Karl Gabor