The History of AIDS Activism in the UK – Lisa Power, Terence Higgins Trust

AIDS activism arose in the 1980s because of fear and anger – fear of this unknown new thing that was killing our friends (and possibly ourselves) and anger that society as a whole didn’t seem too bothered about it as long as it only killed the socially inconvenient, like junkies and homosexuals. But the one … Read more The History of AIDS Activism in the UK – Lisa Power, Terence Higgins Trust

Web Archiving and Web Archives, Why does it Matter? – Niels Brügger

Try and visit the Internet Archive at www.archive.org, type ’www.ox.ac.uk’ in the so-called Wayback Machine and press ’Take me back’, and you will find out that Oxford University had a web page as early as 1997 — and you can even see how it looked, and how it has changed in the following years. What … Read more Web Archiving and Web Archives, Why does it Matter? – Niels Brügger

The Natives Land Act, 1913 – Professor Harvey M Feinberg

In 1910, when South Africa became a self-governing country within the British Empire, black South Africans equalled about 70 per cent of the population.  However, under the new constitution, they could not vote in three-quarters of the country and could not be members of the national parliament.  The white minority, about 20 per cent of … Read more The Natives Land Act, 1913 – Professor Harvey M Feinberg

How Russia Defeated Napoleon – Professor Dominic Lieven

Professor Lieven, author of Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, on the factors that contributed to Napoleon’s famous defeat in Tsarist Russia. 1812 is one of the most famous stories in European history. Nevertheless much of the story, as usually told, is untrue. Outside Russia, 1812 is usually told just from Napoleon’s point of … Read more How Russia Defeated Napoleon – Professor Dominic Lieven

Raoul Wallenberg in Russia: Definitely not a Guest, but a Prisoner

When Soviet troops liberated Budapest by the middle of January 1945, it marked the end of the harrowing ordeal suffered by Hungary’s Jewish population at the hands of German and Hungarian Nazi supporters. Over half a million victims lay dead, while tens of thousands more were barely clinging to life in Budapest’s main ghetto and … Read more Raoul Wallenberg in Russia: Definitely not a Guest, but a Prisoner

We Can Learn From Raoul Wallenberg’s Example in Budapest – Eskil Franck

2012 has been declared the Year of Raoul Wallenberg in Sweden and marks 100 years since the birth of the human rights hero. Here, Eskil Franck, Director of the Living History Forum in Sweden, explains the lessons that can be learned from the example of Sweden’s most famous diplomat. The national institute that I am … Read more We Can Learn From Raoul Wallenberg’s Example in Budapest – Eskil Franck

Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest 1944: An Atmosphere of Rescue – Robert Rozett

When Raoul Wallenberg arrived in Hungary in July 1944 a joint diplomatic and local Jewish effort to aid the persecuted Jews in Hungary was already underway. From early in the war, and more intensively from 1942 onward, activist Hungarian Jews aided their co-religionists seeking refuge in Hungary, which until 1944 was a relatively safe haven. … Read more Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest 1944: An Atmosphere of Rescue – Robert Rozett

If Russian Authorities Lied About Raoul Wallenberg, Then What? – Susanne Berger

Now that researchers have shown in two proven instances that  Russia for many decades has deliberately withheld key information in the Raoul Wallenberg case, where does that leave the investigation of his fate? For as yet unexplained reasons, Russian officials chose to  mislead for decades not only the general public, but also an official Swedish-Russian … Read more If Russian Authorities Lied About Raoul Wallenberg, Then What? – Susanne Berger

Missing Documents Raise Suspicions Over Swedish Diplomat Missing Since WWII

New information and insights gained from Russian archives have re-opened the debate over whether Russian officials intentionally withheld key information in the case of Raoul Wallenberg – an infamous diplomat who saved the lives of Jews scheduled for transportation to concentration camps during World War II. The young Swede was sent on a mission to … Read more Missing Documents Raise Suspicions Over Swedish Diplomat Missing Since WWII