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The Gromyko Memorandum of 1957, written a short time after the Hungarian uprising ended, stated that Wallenberg had died in Lubianka Prison in Moscow in July 1947, as a result of a myocardial infarction. This statement remained the official Soviet version of events for decades to come. In 1991, a Swedish–Russian Working Group was established to investigate Wallenberg’s fate. The results of the investigation were published after nine years of intense research. 11 Apparently, Wallenberg was suspected of espionage on behalf of Germany and/or the US.
Wallenberg was selected and his mission supported by the American War Refugee Board (WRB) and the World Jewish Congress (WJC). The WJC was founded in 1936 with the aim of protecting Jews from Nazism and the WRB followed on January 22, 1944 as an initiative by the US President, Franklin D. Roosevelt. 3 The WRB and the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JOINT) provided Wallenberg with financial resources. Developments in Hungary and the general course of the war, together with the growing knowledge of the genocide of European Jewry, lay behind the planning of Wallenberg’s mission.
Theoretical and methodical approaches Monuments have always depended for their existence, as well as their appearance and the choice of setting, on a number of time-specific socio-political, socio-economic, and aesthetic factors. Hence, they can be investigated from many different angles. Who or what is judged worthy to be depicted? How did the idea of a monument emerge? Who took the decision and how was it implemented? To what extent did costs affect the choices? Were the funds public or private, and were they from subscriptions or taxes?