Disappeared 60 years ago on this date
Mobius of Jewschool reminded me in one of his comments on the Princess Makella of Sweden post, that today was the 60th anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg’s disappearance. I decided to take the time and visit the Wallenberg memorial in the courtyard behind the Christ Church Cathedral off of Ste. Catherine street (in Montreal). The memorial sits in this out of the way area, with a beautiful fountain and nice benches and flowers. Tens of thousands of people pass near it every day and yet it remains one of those hidden Montreal jewels, an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown.
Today was a typically freezing day in Montreal and of course no one was in the courtyard. It was the sort of day that was perhaps much like the day, on January 17, 1944, when Wallenberg disappeared while on his way to the Soviet Military Headquarters of Nazi Liberated Hungary. Between June and January of 1944, using his position as a Swedish diplomat in Hungary, he is said to have saved 100,000 Hungarian Jews from the Nazis. He did this with great cunning and guile and at great personal risk to himself. It is suspected that he had either been executed by the Communists as a spy, or to have died anonymously much later, in a Soviet prison cell. You can read more about him here. Gone but not forgotten.
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