A statue of Hungarian-born U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor ever to serve in the U.S. Congress, was unveiled Thursday in Budapest as those attending praised the man known for his advocacy of democracy and human rights around the world., Bloomberg reported quoting AP.
The bronze statue with a special red patina, depicting a slightly larger-than-life Lantos sitting on a bench with his favorite dogs, was created by Mamikon Yengibarian, a Budapest-based Armenian sculptor. It was placed on Tom Lantos Promenade in Budapest’s 13th district, near his high school, the Berzsenyi Daniel Gimnazium.
Yengibarian said he wanted to show “a magnificent, brilliant man who is not afraid … and fights for justice and humanity until the end.”
“During his whole life, his heart was in Hungary,” said his widow Annette, speaking at the unveiling ceremony on what would have been Lantos’ 90th birthday.
A California Democrat was in office from 1981 until his death in 2008.