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A monument commemorates noted Swedish philanthropist Raoul Wallenberg who undertook one of the most significant rescue of Jews during the Holocaust in World War Two. 

Based in Budapest, he set up a department which issued local Jews with important-looking certificates, emblazoned with a yellow and blue flag and Sweden`s crown. The holders of these "Wallenberg passports" were protected from the Nazi bureaucracy and thereby avoided being deported to Auschwitz. In the last days of the war he foiled Nazi plans to blow up two ghettos, an act which alone saved 100 000 Jews. Raoul Wallenberg disappeared into Soviet Union custody in 1945, and at one time the Soviets claimed that he had died in custody in 1947, but it is unknown what really happened to Wallenberg.


Address:Princess & High Streets, Raoul Wallenberg Garden, Kew, 3101
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.807153
Long: 145.029108
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 17th January, 1985
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Raoul Wallenberg
1912 -

Raoul Wallenberg

Swedish diplomat, humanitarian, hero of the Holocaust.

In Budapest, Hungary, in 1944 he saved the lives of tens of thousands of people threatened by Nazi mass murder.

He was arrested on January 17th 1945 by Soviet troops, and has been imprisoned in the Soviet Union ever since. Erected January 17 1985

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