January 21, 2013

The IRWF co-sponsored the 26th Raoul Wallenberg Award Prize in Human Rights and Holocaust Studies

The award ceremony took place at the Itzhak Alfred Guttman Administration Building of the Tel Aviv University, on January 17, 2013, coincinding with the 68th anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg’s abduction by the Soviets, and it counted with the presence of: H.E. Elinor Hammarksjold – The Ambassador of Sweden in Israel, Mr. Danny Rainer – Head of the Israeli office of the IRWF, Prof. Ra’anan Rein – Vice-President of the Tel Aviv University

The 2013 Wallenberg Prize was contributed by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and the Swedish Friends of Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Dina Porat, Head of the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry chaired the event.

All the speakers, Prof. Porat, Prof. Rein, Ambassador Hammarskjold and Danny Rainer, stressed the symbolism of this award, and the importance of raising awareness to Raoul Wallenberg, the role model and the victim.

The three recipients of the 2013 Wallenberg Prize are Dr. Guntehr Jikeli, Ms. Natalie Davidson and Ms. Oren Feina.

Two of the prize recipients, Dr. Gunterh Jikeli and Ms. Natalie Davidson, made a brief presentation of their dissertations, dealing with the perceptions of the Holocaust among Moslem Communities in Europe and Understanding political violence in the shadow of transnational tort human rights litigation.

At the end of the ceremony, the prize recipients received their awards from the hands of Ambassador Hammarskjold and Mr. Danny Rainer.