From the inscription on the statue: This "Angel of Rescue" went to Budapest in the summer of 1944 as a Swedish diplomat with a mission to save the remainder of the Jews of Hungary from the gas chambers of Auschwitz. He issued thousands of protective passes, set up "safe houses" and brought back the persecuted from the deportation trains and death marches. In the final hours of the siege of the city, he prevented the Nazis from blowing up the ghetto where 70,000 Jews still lived. The Soviet army misunderstood his work and took him prisoner. He was never released. He saved our faith in humanity.--the survivors.