A group of American tourists visiting Budapest were shocked to find a statue commemorating Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg defaced, the news website Nepszabadsag Online reported.
The tourists found the statue covered in blood with blood-oozing pig’s feet attached to it and rushed to notify authorities.
Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar called the defacement of the monument “a vile attempt to desecrate the name of the person who saved tens of thousands of Jews to Nazi genocide” and “another painful reminder that anti-Semitism is not extinct.”
Raoul Wallenberg saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust by using his position as envoy to the Nazi occupied city to issue protective passports and shelter Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory.
Wallenberg was detained on espionage charges during the Red Army’s siege of the city and later disappeared, never to be seen again.