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Russia/Hungary: London To Erect Raoul Wallenberg Statue

  • Stuart Parrott



London, 13 September 1996 (RFE/RL) -- London is to erect a memorial to Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps by issuing them Swedish passports.

Wallenberg disappeared into the Soviet prison system after the Red Army took over Budapest in 1945. He was arrested on suspicion of being a U.S. spy and is believed to have died years later in a Soviet prison or hospital.

A life-size bronze statue of Wallenberg is to be erected outside a synagogue in central London.

Synagogue president Simon Reiss said today Moscow promised after the fall of communism to hold an inquiry into Wallenberg's fate "but nothing positive has been produced as to where and when he died."
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