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The Universal Hero: Raoul Wallenberg

A lecture by Tanja Schult, researcher at Stockholm University, on Raoul Wallenberg at The Wiener Library.

Raoul Wallenberg is today widely remembered for his humanitarian activities on behalf of the Jews in Budapest at the end of World War II. In her lecture, Tanja Schult shows that his story incorporates both a classical hero narrative which has survived the ‘un-heroic’ 20th century, and that Wallenberg indeed succeeds to represent a new hero-type, the non-patriotic or universal hero.

Tanja Schult is a researcher at Stockholm University. Educated in the History of Art and Scandinavian Studies in Erlangen, Lund and Berlin, she completed her PhD in 2007 at Humboldt University, Berlin. Her first book, ‘A Hero’s Many Faces: Raoul Wallenberg in Contemporary Monuments’ has just been published by Palgrave.


Dr Tanja Schult | talks


Date and Time:

25 June 2009 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
020 7636 7247

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