May 13, 2013

A bust of Raoul Wallenberg installed in Punta del Este international airport

A bust of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, hero of WWII who went missing in 1945, was installed at the international airport of Punta del Este, Uruguay.

On the centennial of his birth, Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, the company that manages the airport, and the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation pay tribute to the “Hero without a grave”.

The placement of the bust of Wallenberg in Punta del Este is part of a global campaign that aims to deploy Wallenberg busts in numerous public spaces of major cities worldwide.

During the Holocaust, Wallenberg saved the lives of thousands of people persecuted by the Nazis only to dissapear into the Soviet Gulag on January 1945.

“The lives of those rescued by Wallenberg are the main tribute to his memory. Today we are honored to add this bust to the one which was unveiled last year at the Ezeiza International Airport, in Buenos Aires.” said Eduardo Eurnekian, Chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.

The piece is a work of artist Beñat Iglesias Lopez.