The Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, is the largest synagogue in Europe, seating 3,000 people. (David Neal)


Hungarian Professor Receives Award For Support of Minorities

Professor Imre Tokics focused on educating the younger generation to have a deep respect for minorities

Budapest, Hungary | Tamás Ócsai

On January 17, 2024, Professor Imre Tokics was awarded the Wallenberg Prize for his outstanding contribution to the well-being of minorities through his work as an Adventist pastor and theological teacher, particularly in the context of the Adventist-Jewish Friendship Service.

Photo: Professor Imre & Maria Tokics (Tamás Ócsai)

Photo: Professor Imre & Maria Tokics (Tamás Ócsai)

During the event, it was highlighted that Tokics has provided exemplary service as a media personality, engaging with radio and television to provide information and promote understanding. Additionally, he has played a pivotal role as an organizer of numerous conferences, fostering dialogue and cooperation among diverse communities. As a dedicated teacher, he has focused on educating the younger generation, instilling in them a deep respect for minorities.

Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews in Budapest during World War II. Serving as Sweden’s special envoy, he issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory. Wallenberg’s courageous actions, risking his life to rescue others, made a significant impact during a dark period in history.

The original version of this story was posted on the Trans-European Division website.