On November 22nd, 2012, Eli Yossef gave a lecture about Raoul Wallenberg’s legacy before high-school students at the Slovenian city of Maribor.
The high-school, with a history dating back to 1850, features a memorial for three of its Jewish alummni who feel in WWII.
The school’s history teacher carried out an investigation about the former Jewish community of Maribor and managed to arouse the interest of the students. That’s why this school was chosen for the lecture on Raoul Wallenberg.
80 students for the top classes showed a vivid interest and after the lecture many approached Eli for further information on the Swedish hero.
The lecture itself exposed the students to the emotional perspective of Wallenberg’s feats.
After the lecture, Mr. Yossef gave a short TV interview for a local channel, stressing the importance and relevance of Raoul’s legacy.
The vice-head master of the Maribor schoold concluded the visit by stating: “Today, when our youth is so self-centered and cynical, Raoul’s story is so important.
After that, Mr. Yossef attended an international panel in Ljubljana, sponsored by the Israeli, Swedish and Hungarian ambassadors in that city.
Apart from Mr. Yossef, the panel was composed by Dr. Danilo Turk, Dr. Oto Luthar, Mr Martin Jaigma and Dr. Andras Gero.
On November 26th and 27th, Mr. Yossef gave further lectures in the UK, including the Norrice Lee Synagogue in Hampstead Gardens Suburbs, the prestigious Hasmonean Girls Schools, the University College Jewish Society of Leeds.
All the audiences were captivated by Raoul Wallenberg’s singular story.
This way, the IRWF manages to expose people from all around the world to the legacy of one of the greatest heroes of mankind.