MARCH 16, 2016 - Unlikely Heroes: From Wallenberg to Today

Unlikely Heroes: From Wallenberg to Today

A panel discussion on the legacy and lessons from Raoul Wallenberg, and their relevance for today’s Syrian refugee crisis.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
4 to 6 p.m.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre
Fauteux Hall, room FTX570 (5th Floor)
(57 Louis Pasteur – University of Ottawa)

RSVP by March 10 at
Limited seating available.

Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish envoy to Hungary at the height of the Holocaust. His heroism saved countless Jewish lives, and ultimately cost him his own. An Honorary Citizen of Canada, his life and actions are once again relevant in the light of the Syrian conflict and the resulting refugee situation.

The Embassy of Sweden in collaboration with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, and the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship at Carleton University, have the pleasure to invite you to this event.

The Embassy of Sweden is honoured to present Swedish journalist and author Ingrid Carlberg as keynote speaker.

A panel discussion will follow on the theme of Raoul Wallenberg’s legacy and its relevance for today, notably the Syrian refugee crisis: What can we learn from his actions and who are the unlikely heroes of today?


  • H.E. Ambassador Per SJÖGREN | Embassy of Sweden


  • John PACKER | Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa

Keynote address

  • Ms. Ingrid CARLBERG | Author and Journalist from Sweden


  • Honourable Louise ARBOUR | Jurist in residence at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (1999-2004), on the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Ontario
  • Honourable Irwin COTLER | Emeritus Professor of Law (McGill University), former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and longtime Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights
  • Jennifer BOND | Special Adviser to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; Assistant Professor of Law, University of Ottawa

Closing Reflections

  • Nadia ABU-ZAHRA | Associate Professor, School of International Development & Global Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa

Ms. Carlberg’s book “Raoul Wallenberg: The Heroic Life and Mysterious Disappearance of the Man Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust” will be available for sale for those interested, at the end of the event.

Download the poster for this event.

*The Human Rights Research and Education Centre may take pictures at this event for use on the website.

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