New Project Advisor Shares Expertise


Interview with Frank Vajda M.D.

Dr. Frank Vajda of Australia, who was born in Budapest, Hungary, has graciously agreed to do a filmed preliminary interview in Stockholm. He will share both his own story of survival and his expansive knowledge about Raoul Wallenberg. It has been agreed that an immediate interview will assist us with Pre-Production research and development, while a longer second interview will also be filmed once the Documentary project has reached the Production stage.


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Remembering a True Hero


Sonja Sonnenfeld

The inspiring Sonja Sonnenfeld, who dedicated herself to rescuing Raoul Wallenberg and making a difference in a sometimes indifferent world, recently passed away. RWCFI is very grateful to Sonja's generous family for allowing us to film the personal memorial services; Mrs. Sonnenfeld's mission, message and spirit will continue to live on, along with Raoul Wallenberg. We have lost a truly great hero and an inspiration to all those she has touched and will continue to reach through her filmed lectures and interviews.

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Community Improvement

The field of youth media has exploded into a vibrant platform for self-expression and empowerment; a call for community action and social justice, an avenue for building technical and job skills, leadership and literacy.


The Inspiration

Board members review various youth media program models and identify those that work.


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100 Hours of Footage


Fall 2009: Continued Research and Filming

-Stockholm for Mrs. Sonnenfeld’s 97th birthday
-10 days of continued interviews with Sonja
-Interviews with close friends, family and associates of Mrs. Sonnenfeld
-Behind the scenes footage of Sonja living her life, traveling and reminiscing with friends


Progress

Over 60 total hours of English HD footage and nearly 40 hours of HD in German have been collected, with a few hours in Swedish as well

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Raoul Wallenberg Sightings

Sources of these reports are on file with the Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States, Ltd., 239 Park Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10169
View the Full List of Sightings


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Violence Prevention

The RWCFI is developing curricula and supporting resources based on Sonja Sonnenfeld’s classroom conversations over the years to facilitate dialogue in classrooms, communities and organizations.


2007

“Rescuing Raoul Wallenberg" film crew goes to Berlin with Mrs. Sonnenfeld filming several classroom visits and presentations given in both German and English.


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More Filming in Berlin & Stockholm

Fall 2008: Continued Research and Filming

-A week of filming in Berlin following Sonja as she speaks to new students every morning

-Stockholm for Mrs. Sonnenfeld’s 96th birthday

-A week of continued interviews with Sonja Sonnenfeld

-Interviews with Mrs. Nina Lagergren - Raoul Wallenberg’s sister

-Written transcription done for much of the English-language footage - over 40 hours total


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Filming Continues in Berlin

Filming Mrs. Sonnenfeld’s Classroom Lectures in Berlin

-Berlin filming of several classroom visits, in both German and English

-Visit to Wannsee Holocaust Museum

-Lectures with additional groups of students

-Re-visit the old home, neighborhood and favorite places of Sonja’s youth


Berlin news article, “The Itinerant Preacher" by Jörg Niendorf:

The Itinerant Preacher

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