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'R.W. Briefcase' -- The Raoul Wallenberg Monument New York (NY) April 2016 | by Ron Cogswell
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'R.W. Briefcase' -- The Raoul Wallenberg Monument New York (NY) April 2016

Per Wikipedia:

 

"Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. He is widely celebrated for saving tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust from German Nazis and Hungarian Fascists during the later stages of World War II.

 

While serving as Sweden's special envoy in Budapest between July and December 1944, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory.

 

On January 17, 1945, during the Siege of Budapest by the Red Army, Wallenberg was detained by Soviet agents on suspicion of espionage and subsequently disappeared.

 

He was later reported to have died on 17 July 17, 1947 (age 34) while imprisoned by communist authorities and KGB secret police in the Lubyanka, the KGB headquarters and affiliated prison in Moscow.

 

The motives behind Wallenberg's arrest and imprisonment by the Soviet government, along with questions surrounding the circumstances of his death and his possible ties to US intelligence, remain mysterious and are the subject of continued speculation

 

Due to his courageous actions on behalf of the Hungarian Jews, Raoul Wallenberg has been the subject of numerous humanitarian honors in the decades following his presumed death.

 

In Manhattan, a monument honoring Raoul Wallenberg was installed across from the headquarters of the United Nations on First Avenue at East 47th Street.

 

The Swedish consulate commissioned the piece, created by Swedish sculptor Gustav Kraitz. The sculpture, 'Hope', is a replica of Wallenberg’s briefcase, a sphere, five pillars of black granite, and paving stones (setts) which were formerly used on the streets of the Budapest ghetto."

 

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Taken on April 19, 2016