In Stockholm the Hungarian refugee Gustav Kraitz from Budapest art academy has completed his model of a monument that shall be placed in front of the UN-building in New York at the end of 1958.
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Background: In Stockholm the Hungarian refugee Gustav Kraitz from Budapest art academy has completed his model of a monument that shall be placed in front of the UN-building in New York at the end of 1958. Mr Kraitz came to Sweden after the revolution in 1956. He was a pupil of the art academy in Budapest, but he was found to be a fascia and was sent to coal mines for slavework during four years. Then the authorities found that a mistake had been done and released him and Kraitz began working with sculptures. At the revolution Kraitz made propaganda-placards for the revolution army and he was forced to flee out of Hungary hunted by the secret police.
The monument will be made in the USA-exhibition hall of St Eriks Fair in Stockholm. When ready the sculpture will be sent to Brussels to be shown at the world exhibition there. In due time it will be removed to New York for the two-year memory of the Hungarian revolution. The cost for this giant - 11 meters high - is said to be 120.000 dollars. In Stockholm Kraitz saves all expenses for the marble from which the monument will be made. As the sculpture will be as high as 11 meters it must be made in sections in order to ease transports.