Raoul Wallenberg Day

October 5, 2010

October 5th marks Raoul Wallenberg Day. This is the day he was awarded United States citizenship in 1981, posthumously. (The second person to receive this honor after Winston Churchill) . Part of 15th Street, SW in Washington, D.C., the section where the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is located, is namedRaoul Wallenberg Place.

Raoul Wallenberg (1912-1947) was a Swedish diplomat who worked in Budapest, Hungary, during World War II to rescue Jews from the Holocaust; he saved tens of thousands of them. The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law located in Lund, Sweden, is anindependent academic institution named in his honor. The mission of the institute is “to promote universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law by means of research, academic education, dissemination and institutional development.”

One of the important human rights resources in the Yale Law Library is the Raoul Wallenberg Institute Human Rights Library. A recent example from this monographic series is International Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms: Essays in Honour of Jakob Th. Moller.   In conjunction with Martinus Nijhoff, the Institute publishes four serials: the Baltic Yearbook of International Law, the Chinese Yearbook of Human Rights, the Nordic Journal of International Law,  and the International Journal of Minority and Group Rights.

                                                                                                                                     ----- Daniel Wade


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