Letter from Prime Minister Shimon Peres

20-05-1996, by P.M. Shimon Peres,

Letter to Max Grunberg at the Raoul Wallenberg Honorary Citizen Commitee, Ra’anana, Israel.

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Your Excellencies, Dear Friends,

It is a pleasure for me to welcome you to this important meeting of the Raoul Wallenberg Honorary Committee.

In one of history’s darkest moments there were but a few beacons of light  — and Raoul Wallenberg was one of them. Like milionq of others, he could have turned a blind eye to the horrors befalling the Jewish people. As a courageous and daring man, he was brave enough to use his status and his position to do whatever he could to enable Jews to escape certain death at the claws of the Nazi murderers. He spared no effort to help his fellow man and indeed ultimately he too became a victim of tyranny and despotism.

We have never acertained the fate of Raoul Wallenberg, but it is incumbent on us as Jews and Israelis, indeed as citizens of the world, to keep his memory alive, and to remind the world that even one person can make a difference.

It si written in our Sources thet he who saves one life is as though he has saved an entire world. The world is indebted to RAoul Wallenber.

I applaud you on your work, and wish you succes in your endeavors.

Sincerely yours,

Shimon Peres

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The Angel Was a Spy

05-05-1996, by Charles Fenyvesi and Victoria Pope, ed. US News

New evidence: Sweden’s Raoul Wallenberg was a U.S. espionage asset

For five decades, mystery has blanketed key parts of the remarkable story of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved at least 20,000 Hungarian Jews from the Nazis. U.S. intelligence kept mum lest it confirm the Soviet charge that he had been an American spy. The silence was purposeful: There were strong hopes that he was alive in the gulag but stronger fears that any hint of his ties to U.S. intelligence would stoke Soviet anger.

But a six-month investigation–involving examination of thousands of recently declassified files, some of which the Central Intelligence Agency just released to U.S. News under the Freedom of Information Act, and scores of interviews with American, Russian and European sources–shows conclusively that Wallenberg was a valued U.S. intelligence asset. His appointment was approved by President Franklin Roosevelt, and his mission was not only to save Jews but to provide U.S. spymasters with access to anti-Nazi resistance forces trying to break up Budapest’s alliance with Berlin. For the Office of Strategic Services–precursor to the CIA–Wallenberg was probably the only reliable man in wartime Budapest.

Confirmation. One of the newly released CIA documents is a 1990 memo in which William Henhoeffer, curator of the CIA’s Historical Intelligence Collection, declares that revelations of Wallenberg’s intelligence connections « are essentially correct. » CIA historian Kevin Ruffner agrees: « On the basis of the files cited in your article, it is a reasonable conclusion that Raoul Wallenberg was of benefit to American intelligence. » Donald Jameson, a former senior CIA official, calls this statement « a virtual admission that Wallenberg was used by us. It is a minimum statement the CIA can make and still be plausible. »

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Letter to Tom Lantos from Bill Clinton

01-05-1996, by Bill Clinton,

Dear Tom,

Thank you for your letter concerning Raoul Wallenberg. I too, want the mystery surrounding his disapearance cleared up.

As you know, since Wallenberg was a Swedish citizen, the Swedish Government, working in cooperation with Russian officials, is leading the investigation into his fate. The Russian government has recently agread to engage in a cooperative search for relevant information. The Swedish-Russian Working group has specific names of former prisoners who had contact with Mr.Wallenberg and has requested permission to visit five Russian cities in May in order to check the files for these former prisoners and to interview older residents.

I have asked Ambassador Pickering in  Moscow to support this effort and specifically, to encourage Russian governmennt officials to approve the recent working group request. I appreciate the work done by members of Congress on this issue, and my Administration will continue to communicate our shared interest in knowing Raoul Wallenberg’s fate.

Sincerely,

Bill