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These two sculptures depicting Soviet emissaries sent to the German and Hungarian army headquarters with white flags to negotiate the surrender of the encircled Budapest on December 29, 1944. They were killed, and a 50 day useless battle was fought in Budapest, resulting in huge losses of civilian and military lives and the needles destruction of a large part of the city.
The left side statue is Captain I. A. Ostapenko, who was sent to the German headquarters, and died on the way back, after his offer was rejected. The other, Captain Miklós Steinmetz, a Hungarian born Soviet officer who was heading toward the Hungarian army headquarters, but he never got there, his jeep was blown up on a mined road.
The Ostapenko statue is the work of Jenő Kerényi, unveiled in in 1951 at the spot where he died. The Steinmetz statue was made by Sándor Mikus, unveiled in 1958 on the road where he died. Both statues were moved into the Memento park in 1991, after the fall of the communist regime.
There are conflicting descriptions of circumstances of the death of the emissaries, but regardless of who is responsible for it, they are innocent martyrs and their monuments should not been moved.
There are close-ups of the statues in the Workshop.

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