May 1, 2002
Outside and around the back of the synagogue is the Wallenberg Memorial Garden, which honors the Swedish man who saved countless lives during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews were being deported to Auschwitz, Wallenberg found ways to rescue tens of thousands from near certain death. And when Hungary was finally "liberated" by the Soviet army, it is believed that Wallenberg was imprisoned by the Soviets and killed in their gulag. Wallenberg's memorial is an interesting sculpture of a willow tree that bends in the wind and lightly tinkles music when the metallic leaves touch. Each leaf is inscribed with the name of a local family that was killed by the Nazis.
From journal Hungary: Return to Budapest