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Allegorical steel sculpture made to honor Raoul Wallenberg by an artist who was one of the 1000s saved by his efforts

Object | Accession Number: 2012.338.9

Homage to Wallenberg is a welded steel sculpture created by Peter Dallos from 2010-2012. It is a symbolic work with an abstract representation of Wallenberg, a realistic white hand, emerging from the Jewish quarter of Budapest, cradling men, women, and children. A repulsive plant-creature, representing the Nazi menace, threatens the protected figures. It is one of nine works in The War Series, created from 1988-2012. Hungary was a close German ally, and had enacted anti-Jewish laws since the 1930s. In 1940, Peter's father and uncles were deported to forced labor camps. But after the defeat at Stalingrad, Hungary sought a separate truce with the western Allies. To thwart these efforts, Germany occupied Hungary on March 19, 1944, when Peter was ten years old. They immediately began to systematically deport all Jews to concentration camps. Peter's father Erno was deported to a labor camp in Serbia. Peter and his mother Marie had to wear Star of David badges and move into a Jews only building. In August, Marie acquired two protective passes issued by the Swedish Red Cross which exempted them from deportation. By October, the Jews in Budapest were the last remaining Jews in Hungary. On October 15, a German orchestrated coup brought the antisemitic, fascist Arrow Cross Party to power and deportations increased. In November, Peter and Marie moved into a Swedish protected house. In December, during the siege of Budapest, there was no electricity, gas, or water, and no glass in building windows. People feared starvation. The city was continuously bombed and they stayed in the standing room only cellar most of the time. In mid-January 1945, their section of the city, Pest, was liberated by the Soviet Army; Buda was freed on February 13. Peter's father did not return and they later learned that he had been killed during a death march. Nearly all of Peter's relatives in Hungary when the war began perished.

Artwork Title
Homage to Wallenberg
Series Title
The War Series
creation:  2010-2012
commemoration:  1944-1945
creation: Marshall (N.C.)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Dallos
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:20:37
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