By Tanja Schult (auth.)
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Instead, it aims to communicate messages and feelings about an individual known and idealized by posterity for a certain deed. Though it may not convey any new information about the historical person, a monument does reveal how the person was perceived at the time the monument was created. Consequently, the knowledge of historical facts about the historical person is not enough by itself to interpret a personal monument. As important as the knowledge of art history is, knowledge of the myth as established over the years is necessary to truly comprehend the artworks.
If rescue was not possible, the helpers tried to ease the Jews’ situation by distributing food and medicine. 10 Members of the Swedish Legation, with Wallenberg as Head of the Humanitarian Department, in close contact with other neutral legations, organizations such as the Red Cross as well as Jewish resistance groups, tried to help the Jews by negotiating with the political persons in charge, distributing official protective papers, establishing safe houses, and distributing food and medicine, among other things.
Levine’s finished his book Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest: Myth, History and Holocaust (2010). Unfortunately his book was, for various reasons, a disappointment. Levine finds the prominent role that Wallenberg occupies in popular memory problematic, but sadly he displays a lack of understanding of the terms and conditions of a mythic narrative (as further developed in this book, see Chapter 2). His frustration over the many exaggerations and simplifications of the historic person hampers his aim to contextualize Wallenberg’s achievements.
A Hero’s Many Faces: Raoul Wallenberg in Contemporary Monuments by Tanja Schult (auth.)