David Amess MP visited the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial outside Western Marble Arch synagogue this week, having campaigned to have the statue erected in the first instance. On separate occasions in the 1990s and 2000s, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles have visited the memorial to pay their respects to Mr Wallenberg.
Raoul Wallenberg is famed for his successful efforts to rescue thousands of Jews who lived in occupied Hungary under Nazi Germany. Wallenberg, who was Swedish, was serving as a special envoy in Budapest and issued protective passports to Jews, who then sheltered in designated Swedish territory. He was later arrested by the Soviet Union, and the circumstances of his death were never verified. He has been honoured many times, in various countries, as a consequence of his heroic action.
After his visit, Mr Amess stated, “Raoul Wallenberg was a truly remarkable man. That is why I decided to revisit the statue which I campaigned for as far back as 1990. If you have not read about this man, or visited the statue, I would encourage you to do so.”