A memorial plaque commemorating helpers of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust in Hungary, was unveiled in Budapest.
The Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg led one of the most extensive and successful rescue efforts in Budapest during the World War II. His work with the War Refugee Board saved thousands of Hungarian Jews. Assigned as first secretary to the Swedish legation in Hungary, Wallenberg arrived in Budapest on July 9, 1944. Despite a complete lack of experience in diplomacy and clandestine operations, he led one of the most extensive and successful rescue efforts during the Holocaust. His work with the WRB prevented the deportation of thousands of Hungarian Jews.
Head of the Raoul Wallenberg Association József Sebes said there are 19 names on the plaque but there were many more involved in saving lives. He noted that about a hundred people were helping the Swedish rescue operation before Wallenberg arrived to Budapest. Their number rose to almost 300 later on, he added. Director of the Holocaust Memorial Centre Szabolcs Szita said there were about 850 Christian Hungarians who helped the rescue operation. He noted that people risked their own lives.
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