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. Her first book A Hero’s Many Faces: Raoul Wallenberg in Contemporary Monuments has just been published by Palgrave.
This lecture is being held as part of an AHRC-Funded Knowledge Transfer Symposium, ‘My Hero’: defining and constructing non-military heroism.
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