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  • Wallenberg Prize 2021 Recognizes Outstanding TAU History Students

    Awards ceremony commemorates Swedish diplomat 76 years after his disappearance
    26 January 2021
    Doctoral candidates Dror Sharon (left) Emmanuelle Moscovitz (right).
    Doctoral candidates Dror Sharon (left) Emmanuelle Moscovitz (right).

    Two up-and-coming doctoral candidates received TAU’s Annual Raoul Wallenberg Prize in Human Rights and Holocaust Studies for 2021 in a remote ceremony: Emmanuelle Moscovitz of TAU’s Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies and Archaeology and Dror Sharon of the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies.

     

    Moscovitz’s research focuses on the rabbis of France’s General Chaplaincy who, as religious counsels, were given access to foreign Jews detained during World War II and eventually became involved in rescue and resistance efforts. Sharon is studying two transports of child refugees to the UK prior to World War II, from Spain’s Basque country and Germany, and how these children were perceived and integrated during and after their arrival.

     

    Moscovitz and Sharon presented their research during the ceremony. Other speakers were H.E. Ambassador Erik Ullenhag, Sweden’s Ambassador to Israel, Prof. Irwin Cotler, head of the Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Centre and TAU Honorary Doctor,  Peter Seideman, Chair of the Swedish Friends of TAU, and former TAU Vice President Prof. Raanan Rein. Rein, now Head of TAU’s S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies, was himself one of the first recipients of the Wallenberg Prize.

     

    The ceremony was chaired by Prof. Dina Porat, Head of TAU's Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry and chief historian of Yad Vashem.

     

    Named in honor of the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust, the prize is awarded annually on the anniversary of Wallenberg's disappearance to students specializing in human rights or Holocaust research. Now in its 33rd year, it was donated to the University by the Swedish Friends of TAU.

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