Photographer's Note

The St. Stephen (Szent István) park in the XIII district of Budapest is small fenced in peaceful place on the Danube bank. The monument visible under the second water arch on this picture has an interesting history. The inscription on it in translation: “Raoul Wallenberg, a delegate from Sveden, led the Royal Swedish Legation's brave and noble philanthropic work in Budapest from the beginning of July 1944 to January 1945. In the dark era of destruction he become our legendary hero. Let this monument proclaim our undying gratitude, in the center of the city whose persecuted citizens he relentlessly protected during the night of an inhuman era.” Two close-up pictures of the monument is shown in the Workshop.
Wallenberg is credited for saving approximately 35000 Jews in Budapest. In 1945 he was captured by the Soviet army and took him to the Soviet Union where he died. In 1949 a group holocaust survivors commissioned the noted Hungarian sculptor Paul Patzay to make a monument for him and got permission to erect it at this site. So a monument like this was made, but on the night before its unveiling it disappeared. It is suspected that the Soviets did not want the publicity about Wallenberg, so they ordered the removal of the monument. Patzay's statue later got installed in Debrecen as as the “snake killer” statue, with no reference to Wallenberg. Eventually a different memorial to Wallenberg was made and installed in Budapest in 1987 at a different location. But after the Soviets left Hungary in 1990 people wanted the original memorial installed in the St. Stephen park, so a replica was made an installed what is shown on this picture in 1999.

Raul Wallenberg Memorial

The Snake Killer Statue

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