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Statue: Wallenberg Statue

Erection date: 21/2/1996


{On the front of the screen:}

[On the right side of the back screen:}
Wallenberg's bravery helped save the lives of as many as 100,000 men, women and children, destined for the death camps only because they were Jews. When, in January 1945, Budapest fell to the Soviet army, Wallenberg was taken under guard to Moscow where he vanished into the Soviet prison system. The last resting place of this selfless hero is unknown.

[On the left side of the back screen:}
In 1944, armed only with determination and courage, Raoul Wallenberg arrived in Budapest as a member of the neutral Swedish legation and set about recruiting the 230,000 Jews who remained, snatching many from Nazi and Hungarian death squads. He demanded the removal of others from trains departing to the gas chambers at Auschwitz. He placed tens of thousand under the protection of the Swedish crown by issuing them with false passports, "Schutzpasses", sheltering them in safe houses from which he flew the Swedish flag.

{On the ground, in a thin bronze border around the monument:}
The twentieth century spawned two of history’s vilest tyrannies. Raoul Wallenberg outwitted the first but was swallowed up by the second. His triumph over Nazi genocide reminds us that the courageous and committed individual can prevail against even the cruellest state machine. The fate of the six million Jews he was unable to rescue reminds us of the evils to which racist ideas can drive whole nations. Finally his imprisonment reminds us not only of Soviet brutality but also of the ignorance and indifference which lead the free world to abandon him. We must never forget these lessons.

From the back you can see that the screen is made up of bundles of papers, the Schutzpasses.
Unveiled by the Queen. Amongst those at the ceremony were five people who survived the Holocaust thanks to Wallenberg's bravery.

Site: Wallenberg Statue (1 memorial)

W1, Cumberland Place, 332

This site was chosen, as being close to the Swedish Embassy and the Marble Arch Synagogue.

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Raoul Wallenberg

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