Raoul Wallenberg Day
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 named Raoul 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 an independent 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