June 8, 2003

Statue damaged


The monument in Buenos Aires that pays tribute to Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat that saved one hundred thousand persons from Nazi extermination, was defaced with red paint.

The statue, the work of British sculptor Philip Jackson inaugurated in 1998 on the corner of Figueroa Alcorta Ave and Austria street, was intentionally vandalized.

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation reported that both the body as well as the face of the statue had been daubed several weeks ago. The organization requested that the local authorities clean the sculpture urgently.