Raoul Wallenberg: Mystery of the swedish diplomat.
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Soviet diaries of the original head of the KGB offer clue to disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg
The newly published diaries of the original head of the KGB — found secreted inside the wall of a dacha — have shed fresh light on the case by stating outright for the first time that Wallenberg was executed in a Moscow prison. "I have no doubts that Wallenberg was liquidated in 1947," wrote Ivan Serov, a Soviet military man who ran the KGB from 1954 to 1958. Memoirs from high-ranking Kremlin officials are exceedingly rare, and this one, while hardly definitive, contains several references to previously unknown documents on Wallenberg.
Wallenberg had 15 kilogrammes of gold in his car when the Red Army arrested him in 1945 claims a Swedish author
Raoul Wallenberg had at least 15kg of gold and jewellery in his car when the Red Army arrested him in 1945, claims a new book by Swedish author Bengt Jangfeldt. His book proposes that when Wallenberg arrived in the Soviet controlled area, 15-20 kilogrammes weight of gold, jewellery and cash was hidden in the car`s petrol tank. This was the amassed fortune of many of the Jewish victims he had helped, who had left their valuables to their benefactor for safekeeping. "It is a reasonable interpretation that the Russians thought it was Nazi gold that Wallenberg was trying to keep from the Red Army. The reason why Wallenberg was arrested could therefore turn out to be rather banal," said Jangfeldt.
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Raoul Wallenberg better prepared for Budapest mission than previously thought
Raoul Wallenberg`s appointment for a WWII mission to rescue Hungarian Jews from the Nazis may not have been as random as previously thought. Wallenberg researchers Susanne Berger and Vadim Birstein said they have obtained new material that suggests the Swede was well-connected with Swedish decision-makers and Hungary`s resistance movement before he was sent to Budapest in 1944. "He was not some green, naive guy who started from scratch when he was in Budapest. There was a very strong push for him from numerous quarters it now seems."
Sweden to open new investigation into what happened to WW2 hero Raoul Wallenberg
Sweden will open a new investigation into what happened to World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg after he was captured by the Soviets in 1945. Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has asked experts to look into whether any new material has emerged that could shed light on what happened to the Swedish diplomat. The new Swedish probe will be led by Hans Magnusson, who was involved in a similar effort together with Russian experts in the 1990s. Magnusson said he will start off by reviewing what information has emerged about Wallenberg since his last investigations and see whether there is anything new that can be done.
Document backs claims KGB stopped Raoul Wallenberg probe in the early 1990s
A newly found Swedish document shows how the KGB intervened in the early 1990s to stop an investigation into Raoul Wallenberg`s fate. The Sept. 16, 1991 memorandum from the Swedish Embassy in Moscow cites the former head of the Soviet "Special Archive," Anatoly Prokopenko, as telling Swedish diplomats that the KGB instructed him to stop a search for documents by researchers working for the first International Wallenberg Commission. German researcher Susanne Berger said the document illustrates how since the end of the Cold War researchers have struggled to get access to crucial documents from Soviet archives.
New information on Wallenberg case: Statements of Willy Roedel discovered - Russia has always said they didn`t exist (Article no longer available from the original source)
Russian archivists have published new material from a German officer imprisoned after WWII who shared a cell with Raoul Wallenberg. Publication of the statements from Willy Roedel came as a surprise since the Russians had previously denied they existed, say two independent scholars who have researched the Wallenberg case for decades. That raises suspicions that Moscow may be withholding more information which could help solve the 66-year-old puzzle of Wallenberg`s arrest and disappearance in the gulag, said German researcher Susanne Berger and Russian scholar Vadim Birstein.
The Envoy: The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II
Hungary was the last place in Nazi-occupied Europe where Jews were to be found in large numbers. Some 725,000 thought that with the advance of the Red Army they might escape the Holocaust. Then, in March 1944, SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann arrived in Budapest charged with the task of murdering them. Raul Wallenberg, the 32-year-old descendant of a powerful Swedish dynasty of bankers and diplomats, arrived in Budapest in July 1944 with a mission to save the Jews. In "The Envoy: The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II" - published in the UK as "To Save a People" - author Alex Kershaw describes the extraordinary story of how Wallenberg succeeded in saving 100,000 Jews from certain death.
Russian archival evidence suggests Raoul Wallenberg was alive after his reported death
A Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews, was still alive after his Soviet captors reported his death, new Russian archive evidence suggests. Raoul Wallenberg`s disappearance after his January 1945 arrest in Budapest by the Red Army is one of the great WWII mysteries. The Soviets stated he was executed on July 17 1947 but no solid proof of death has ever been found. New archives from Russia Federal Security Service (FSB) have identified "with great likelihood" a man described only as Prisoner Number 7, who was interrogated 6 days after the diplomat`s reported death, as Wallenberg.
Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest: Myth, History and Holocaust by Paul A. Levine (book review)
"Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest: Myth, History & Holocaust" corrects the common misunderstandings of his place in Holocaust history. Contrary to popular belief, Wallenberg did not travel to Budapest to "save Hungarian Jewry". This was impossible, because the majority had already been killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau by the time he arrived. Raoul Wallenberg did not personally save 100,000 Jews: he, along with his colleagues, did help tens of thousands of Jews survive the Holocaust. And the documentation reveals that certain of Wallenberg`s activities in Budapest were less than noble.
A group of Canadians work to solve Raoul Wallenberg mystery
Canadians who have been working to unveil what happened to Raoul Wallenberg are hoping the mystery will be solved. David Matas says there`s a "wide variety of conflicting strings of evidence." After WWII the USSR said Wallenberg died in Hungary of a motor vehicle accident. In 1957 they said he had died in 1947 of a heart attack. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow said he was murdered in 1947. Vera Gara, a survivor of the Nazi death camps, has been with the "Wallenberg project" since 1986. And there`s a new lead: they have asked the Hungarian Embassy about 3 men, one of whom shared a cell with Wallenberg`s assistant in Lefortovo prison prior to 1947.
Rare Raoul Wallenberg-signed World War II document auctioned off
Highlighting 1,500 lots in the RR Auction closing April 15 is a rare document signed by Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat whose feats saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews during WW2. "This is not just a piece of paper with Raoul Wallenberg`s signature on it; this piece of paper represents life. This employment certificate is likely one of the 400 issued by Wallenberg," said Diane Blake, Director of Research for The Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the US. In mid-1944 Wallenberg came up with the "Schutzpass," a special, official-looking (but invalid) Swedish passport that granted the holder immunity from deportation to Nazi death camps.
Parents of Holocaust hero Wallenberg (jailed by Soviets) killed themselves in despair
In neat handwriting Fredrik von Dardel began writing to the stepson he had long been told to leave for dead: "Dear beloved Raoul." It was March 24, 1956. He always wrote at his living-room table, his wife Maria, looking on from a corner of the couch. On a chest stood a photo of her son, Raoul Wallenberg, who saved 20,000 Jews in Budapest in the last months of World War II. He disappeared into the Soviet system in 1945. But the couple thought their son was alive and prepared a letter for Sweden`s PM to take to Moscow. Raoul Wallenberg`s end remains unclear. Also unknown to the public is the price his family paid as it attempted to bring him home.
Was Raoul Wallenberg linked to to super-secret U.S. intelligence agency "the Pond"
Budapest 1944: Another train has loaded its cargo of Jews, when Raoul Wallenberg pushes past the SS guard. Ignoring shots fired over his head, he passes out fake "passports" that give Sweden`s protection. He orders everyone with a document off the train. The guards look on, baffled. Wallenberg bluffed and bribed Nazis to save 20,000 persons. On Jan. 17, 1945, days after Soviet troops arrived, he drove off with a Russian security escort, and vanished forever. CIA told in the 1990s that he was recruited by an agent of the OSS, and now fresh files are to become public that may show if he was connected to "the Pond.
Sweden posts Raoul Wallenberg records online
Sweden has launched an online database with 1,000 documents on the disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg, who saved 20,000 lives during WWII. He was arrested by Soviet troops in 1945 and is thought to have died in captivity. The Swedish Foreign Ministry`s Wallenberg dossier holds over 10,000 pages of documents. It also has Soviet documents available after the collapse of the Iron Curtain, including a disputed report stating Wallenberg died in a Soviet prison in July 1947. The database is only available in Swedish. Missing are Wallenberg records from KGB archives that the Kremlin still refuses to release.
FSB director hands over Raoul Wallenberg documents (Article no longer available from the original source)
Nikolai Patrushev, the director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, handed over to Berl Lazar copies of documents from the central archives of the Russian FSB regarding the destiny of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. In Jan 14, 1945 he arrived voluntarily on the positions of Soviet troops, was detained and - under the decrees of deputy head of the USSR people’s commissariat for defence Nikolai Bulganin - transferred to Moscow. The Gromyko Memorandum stated that he died of myocardial infarction in the prison of the USSR State Security Ministry on July 17, 1947.