on the Internet and your local library and read up on the Wannsee Conference in
Berlin, the Holocaust, World War II, Resistance, Underground and Raoul Wallenberg.
Magazines and Periodicals ca. 1940-1950
on Raoul Wallenberg.
Contact your local Jewish Community Center and/or synagogues and interview Holocaust
survivors. Learn what childhood was like as a Jewish child/teenager in occupied
about Hungarian Jews in your community. You can also place an add in your local
for organizations and associations of Hungarian Holocaust Survivors or Hungarian
a Hungarian internet radio station and listen to the language.
the United States Holocaust Museum
in Washington and the Museum
of Jewish Heritage in New York.
Foundation and listen to testimonials of survivors. Search for Hungarian Jews,
how they survived in hiding or escaped Hungary.
movies, particularly newsreels of the period (1939-1946).
up on the Adolf
Eichmann trial 1961 in Jerusalem.
documentaries made after the war, especially "Night and Fog" by Alain Resnais
(1955), as well as TV series, like the four-part Holocaust (1978), which
aired on NBC.
out about other Righteous Gentiles: Contact Yad
Vashem in Jerusalem, the Holocaust memorial that has planted a forest in memory
of Righteous Gentiles and offers thousands of documents and research tools.
the Jewish Community in Budapest and research how Hungarian Jews lived in Budapest
during the war, under German occupation, and also after the war. Ask what is left
of the old Jewish quarters and synagogues in the city.
maps of Budapest then and now and find the places where Raoul Wallenberg was active.
the safe houses he built and the Swedish Embassy where he worked.
the book Child of the Winds by Agnes Adachi, Wallenberg's secretary in
Budapest, who lives today in New York.
up on Per Anger, Wallenberg's co-worker at the embassy in Budapest, and Nene Annan
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Anan's wife who is Raoul Wallenberg's
various national and international Raoul Wallenberg Associations (find some links
In order to understand more what Wallenberg must have gone through, ask yourself:
- What would you
do if you could help a stranger but doing so would endanger your own life?
you ever spoken up against opinions and views held by your peers, even though
you were the only one to object?
it important to you to speak up against prejudice, hate, injustice and bias? Have
you ever done that in public?
you a whistle blower and like to take chances?
you like to swim against the tide, or are you usually part of the mainstream and
consider yourself a conformist?
are your own prejudices and biases?
you interested in politics, current events and developments?
you read a newspaper regularly? Do you know what's happening in the world?
you interested in other countries, cultures and their points of view?
Now, reflect on the following:
the Holocaust have happened outside Germany, maybe in the United States?
- Read Philip
Roth's novel The Plot Against America.
Raoul Wallenberg's story over and done with or does it have repercussions today?
are your heroes?
your eyes, is Raoul Wallenberg a hero for what he did?
should be done to keep his memory alive and to learn the truth about is fate?
By now, you should
have more than enough material to start writing about your topic. As you can see,
oral history, the words of survivors and witnesses, will become a major part of
your work. Let the survivors talk and listen.
Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and author, once said: "A person, who listens to
a witness, becomes a witness."
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