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Budapest: Commemorating Raoul Wallenberg

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The Open Society Archives, on Arany János street 32 in Budapest, is hosting a moving exhibition on Raoul Wallenberg, a humanitarian champion and perhaps the first true world citizen.

Born into an aristocratic Swedish family, Wallenberg deliberately risked his life in wartime Budapest to rescue thousands of Jews from deportation, providing them with Swedish passports. The most moving exhibit is the video of one woman narrating how Wallenberg saved her as she was being marched to the Danube to be shot.

On the very last night of the war, he disappeared. His final fate has never been proven, although there is some evidence that he died in Lubyanka prison in Moscow in 1947.

The exhibition is open daily except Monday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. through April 29, 2007, and is free of charge. The Archives can be reached by telephone at +36 (1) 327-3250.

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Melanie lives in Budapest with her Hungarian husband and two daughters, Rose and Thea. She teaches English and Psychology in an International School in the city and is studying for a Masters Degree in Children's Literature.

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