Princess Madeleine with Speaker Per Westerberg and Ambassador Jonas Hafström at Raoul Wallenberg's commemorative plaque at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Photo: Dakota Fine/The Embassy of Sweden
On Thursday 19 April, Princess Madeleine attended a memorial ceremony for Raoul Wallenberg in Washington DC, USA.
The day began with the Swedish delegation visiting Raoul Wallenberg's commemorative plaque at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Raoul Wallenberg was then honoured at the US Congress' Holocaust Memorial Day, where a candle-lighting ceremony took place in the Rotunda. Speakers including Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner then addressed those present. Sweden's representatives included Princess Madeleine, Speaker of the Riksdag Per Westerberg, group leaders from the eight Riksdag parties, Sweden's Ambassador to the USA and members of the Wallenberg family. President of the United States Barack Obama marked the memorial ceremony with a speech on the White House website. The afternoon began with the opening of the travelling exhibition "To me there's no other choice — Raoul Wallenberg 1912-2012", about Raoul Wallenberg's life. The day concluded with a seminar at the Swedish Embassy on the theme "One man can make a difference: Raoul Wallenberg's rescue mission — a Swedish-American project". "This was an important day in Washington DC, remembering Raoul Wallenberg and his heroic efforts to save Jews during the Second World War," said The Princess. "The holocaust must never be forgotten. Raoul Wallenberg is an example of how a single person played a pivotal role with extreme courage, and was able to save thousands of lives."