A 1935 graduate of the University of Michigan College of Architecture, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews near the end of World War II, and subsequently vanished into the Soviet Gulag.
The Wallenberg Medal is awarded in his memory and honor.
Housed within the Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC), the Wallenberg Medal and Lecture recognizes outstanding humanitarians whose work perpetuates Raoul Wallenberg’s extraordinary accomplishments and human values. These activities are supported by the Wallenberg Endowment, which was established in 1985.
Situating the Wallenberg Medal and Lecture in DHRC ensures that Raoul Wallenberg's heroism and conviction that one person can make a difference will continue to inspire University of Michigan students in the years ahead.