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Published September 2nd 2020
Wallenberg is worthy of your attention
Wallenberg is the name on the huge iron sculpture, Raoul Wallenberg is the person standing, apparently waiting, in front of it. Both parts of this incredible sculpture hold significant meaning.
The background to the figure is actually very important, as it represents a wall made up of 100,000 Schutz-Passes, the protective passes that Wallenberg used to allow for the rescue of Hungarian Jews. Raoul Wallenberg rescued these people during the Holocaust of the German Nazis, and from the Hungarian Fascists.
It is not the only monument to this man though, another exists in Cardiff, Wales, near the Welsh National War Memorial. This one is sited in the West Marylebone area of London, quite close to Marble Arch, with the 10-foot tall memorial standing near the Swedish Embassy, and the Western Marble Arch Synagogue.
Although maybe not as obvious as some of the other monuments to be found around London, this back-street memorial is no less important, and one that certainly is deserving of your attention.
It is a suitably poignant memorial to a true humanitarian, and one that quite rightly appears to be tended to respectfully, as often flowers can be found at the base of the statue, right near his feet.