Perth: last chance to see Raoul Wallenberg exhibition

Raoul Wallenberg - Swedish architect, businessman and diplomat, who saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust in German-occupied Hungary. Picture: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images
Raoul Wallenberg - Swedish architect, businessman and diplomat, who saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust in German-occupied Hungary. Picture: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images

PERTH punters encouraged to visit an internationally renowned exhibition about one of the 20th century’s greatest heroes before it closes tomorrow.

The ‘Raoul Wallenberg – to me there’s no other choice’ is an exhibition “about moral courage, tolerance and personal responsibility”.

It began touring Australia in 2015 and will continue on the road until 2018.

It has been showing at Curtin University’s city campus at Brookfield Place, 139 St Georges Terrace since 16 March and will close at 5pm tomorrow.

The exhibition is presented by the Swedish Institute and the Embassy of Sweden, with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Raoul Wallenberg is one of the most famous and admired Swedes in the world.

Working from the Swedish legation in Budapest, he led a daring operation to rescue countless Jews from the Holocaust in the closing stages of World War II.

By issuing Swedish protective passports in large quantities, and renting buildings where Jewish people could seek shelter, Wallenberg helped them escape German and Hungarian Nazis known as the Arrow Cross.

Armed only with his bravery and moral courage, Wallenberg saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust.

The exhibition describes the Swedish diplomat’s deeds and his ultimate disappearance.

Organisers said it “forms a platform for dialogue on issues concerning tolerance, democracy and personal courage”.

In 2013, Wallenberg was made Australia’s first Honorary Citizen and recently Australia Post honoured him with a stamp.