Raoul Wallenberg Park – Budapest Jewish Quarter

The Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, dedicated to the memory of a Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews during WW2, is in the courtyard of the Dohany Street Great Synagogue in Budapest (between Deak square and Astoria metro stations).

Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park

Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, Budapest

Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, Budapest (photo by Daniel Edwins)

Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish architect and businessman, was recruited by the U.S. War Refugee Board in June 1944 to travel to Hungary to help in saving the Hungarian Jews. He had no experience in diplomacy whatsoever, still he led one of the most successful rescue efforts saving tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the┬ádeportation to the Auschwitz-Birkenau┬ákilling center. He began handing out certificates of protection, which were issued by the Swedish legation to Jews in Budapest. In addition, he established more than 30 ‘safe houses’ that served as a protection from a neutral country, in fact a neutral island, a safe ‘international anti-ghetto’ in Budapest. “When Soviet forces liberated Budapest in February 1945, more than 100,000 Jews remained, mostly because of the efforts of Wallenberg and his colleagues. Wallenberg was last seen in the company of Soviet officials in mid-January 1945. He died in a Soviet prison reportedly on July 17, 1947, although the exact circumstances of his death are still unknown.” (USHMM.org). You can see the world famous Weeping Willow Holocaust monument in the background, behind the painted glasses.

The Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park from another angle:

Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, Budapest

Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, Budapest (photo by Daniel Edwins)

Many a stones:

Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, Budapest

Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, Budapest (photo by Daniel Edwins)

 
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