1 May 2013

The Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, will preside over a ceremony recognising the late Raoul Wallenberg as an honorary Australian citizen at Government House, Canberra on Monday 6 May at 11.00am.

The ceremony will be conducted in the presence of the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, and the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Tony Abbott MP.

Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat in Nazi-occupied Hungary who led an extensive and successful mission to save the lives of nearly 100,000 Hungarian Jews by issuing protective passports and providing shelter in diplomatic buildings.

Raoul Wallenberg’s effort to save Jews from the Holocaust is one of the most revered humanitarian operations of World War II. Details of his fate and ultimate death remain unknown.

The ceremony takes place in the centenary year of Mr Wallenberg’s birth and will be attended by the son of John Farkas, Mr Wallenberg’s close associate and the last known person to see him alive, Holocaust survivors, diplomatic representatives and senior Jewish community leaders.