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Wallenberg Day 2021 – Rescuers: Then and Now

Jan 17, 2021 | Online
January 17, 2021 7:30 pm - January 17, 2021 10:00 pm

Join the Neuberger on January 17, when we will be marking Raoul Wallenberg Day with a special program exploring the legacies and memory of rescue, during the Holocaust and today. From 15 to 17 of January, audiences will have access to The Crossing, a 2020 film that tells the story of how two young Norwegian children helped two Jewish children flee to neutral Sweden to escape the Nazis and reunite with their parents. The Crossing celebrates the courageous actions taken by ordinary children, and reminds the audience about the extraordinary steps it can take to save another.

The Neuberger will show a video produced by George Prager on the memory of Wallenberg, and will be joined Winnie Luk, the Managing Director of Rainbow Railroad, where we will discuss the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg’s extraordinary actions, and explore what efforts are being taken today to help people around the world experienced state-sanctioned violence and persecution. George Preger is the past Chairman of the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, where he worked regularly with individuals connected to Raoul Wallenberg. When Raoul Wallenberg was awarded the first-ever Honorary Canadian citizenship given to a foreigner in 1985, Preger accepted on behalf of Sweden. Winnie Luk is the Managing Director of Rainbow Railroad, a non-profit that works to support LGBTQ individuals seeking safe haven from state-sponsored violence. She previously was the Director of Operations and Events for Inside Out, the annual Toronto and Ottawa LGBT Film Festival, and is a shareholder in the world’s oldest LGBTQ bookstore, Glad Day Bookshop. The Crossing is available on January 15, 16, and 17 on the Virtual J.

Presented in Partnership with Rainbow Railroad, the Consulate General of Sweden, and Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce.