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Extra resources for A Hero’s Many Faces: Raoul Wallenberg in Contemporary Monuments
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? Was the artist commissioned directly or through competition? What degree of freedom was the artist given? All the above issues influence the monument’s appearance, and all these aspects together document the cultural attitudes of a certain historical period toward a certain person or event as well as the genre or art in general.
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. It became also obvious that there had been Soviet interest in exchanging Wallenberg for Soviet citizens captured in Sweden. The Soviet plans failed because of Swedish ignorance and reluctance.
Indd 26 12/13/2011 1:58:23 PM Introduction 27 who in contemporary pluralistic societies acts as representative for universal values and human rights politics. Because the focus of this study lies on the formal aspects, other factors such as the brief history, the artists’ biographies or their artistic characteristics will only be taken into account when necessary to explain the artwork’s appearance, its setting or when the biography contributes to deepen the work’s interpretation. If these aspects were not decisive for the analyses but nevertheless interesting in our context, such as an artist’s background, or were important for further research on this field, they are included in the catalog that appears at the end of the study.
A Hero’s Many Faces: Raoul Wallenberg in Contemporary Monuments by Tanja Schult (auth.)