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Establish Lectureship Honoring Raoul Wallenberg, Wartime Rescuer of Jews

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Funds raised to establish a lectureship named for Raoul Wallenberg, the young Swedish banker who was credited with single-handedly saving the lives of thousands of Jews in Hungary during the last months of the Nazi occupation, will assure the existence of the lectureship for at least five years, the Detroit Jewish News reported.

The lectureship is being established at the University of Michigan School of Architecture from which Wallenberg graduated in 1934. The fund to establish a lectureship in his honor was opened by classmates.

Wallenberg assumed his mission in Hungary at the age of 32 as a member of the Swedish Legation Staff with special instructions to do everything possible to prevent the deportation of Hungarian Jews. He remained at the job, protecting literally tens of thousands to whom he issued documents and passports. He disappeared when Soviet Army captured Budapest and was never again seen alive. Reports persist that he is still alive, a prisoner somewhere in the Soviet Union.

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