On 22nd of March, 2019 in Iðnó, Icelandic Ministry of Social Affairs in cooperation with Mobilities and Transnational Iceland held a lunch seminar “Child’s memories of the Holocaust”. The main guest of the event was Andras Hamori, Holocaust survivor from Hungary. In his presentation, Andres Hamori shared a very personal story from the World War II. Over a few weeks in the spring of 1944, it is estimated that about four hundred thousands of people have been forced out of Hungary into Nazi extermination and slavery camps, including Andras’s family who did not return from there. Andras, who was only a child at that time, and thousands of other Jews in Hungary were rescued by Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who provided them with a Swedish passport when the Germans had taken all power in Hungary. Andras eventually fled to Austria and then received protection as a refugee in the United States where he has lived since. The story of Andras and his family is the story of refugees, their grief, hopes and victories. He still has his lifeblood, the documents of Raoul Wallenberg, the letters of his mother and grandmother from Auschwitz, and the wounds on the soul that never heal. These are stories that must never be forgotten.
Following the presentation of Andras Hamori, Marten Kjærum, a chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute gave a talk where he linked the stories from the past with the contemporary “refugee crisis” in Europe. The seminar was opened by Ásmundur Einar Daðason, Icelandic Minister of Social of Social Affairs and Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir, Professor at the University of Iceland and one of the Mobilities project coordinator.