Wallenberg citizenship on display

Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, ECAJ Executive Director Peter Wertheim and Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott. Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, ECAJ Executive Director Peter Wertheim and Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott.

The certificate conferring Australian citizenship on Raoul Wallenberg by Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a recent ceremony held at Government House in Canberra is on currently on public display in Melbourne at the Jewish Holocaust Centre till 31 May.

The certificate will be exhibited alongside commemorative plates issued by the Raoul Wallenberg Unit of B’nai Brith, Victoria, in honour of the 80th birthday of Raoul Wallenberg. A small sculpture entitled ‘Women of Ravensbruck’ created by Truus Menger, herself a Righteous Gentile for saving Jews as part of her resistance activities in the Netherlands during the war, will also form part of the display.

Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, was made Australia’s first honorary citizen.