Program Details

Raoul Wallenberg: Liberation and Loss

Ralph Nurnberger
History / Politics
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg was a Swedish architect, businessman, and diplomat who was able to save thousands of Jews from German Nazis and Hungarian Fascists. After driving the Nazis out of Budapest, the Soviets detained Wallenberg on suspicion of espionage. He subsequently disappeared, never to be seen again by anyone outside the Soviet Union. The motives behind Wallenberg's arrest and imprisonment by the Soviet government remain mysterious. This presentation will focus on how one man saved so many lives, followed by an examination of his suspicious disappearance.

About the Instructor

  • Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights, and historical background to his presentations. He taught history and international relations at Georgetown University for 38 years. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. Nurnberger has given talks on a wide range of historical and political topics for the Lifelong Learning Program at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca and Jupiter campuses, where his talks frequently sell out. Nurnberger served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC); as executive director of Builders for Peace (which had been established to assist the Arab-Israeli Peace Process); and as a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a senior partner in Nurnberger & Associates, Inc. He earned his bachelor's degree from Queens College, his master's degree from Columbia University, and his doctoral degree from Georgetown University.