Documents on Raoul Wallenberg made public

12-01-2001, by Regeringskansliet,

The Shelves of documents, amounting to some six metres in total length, concerning Raoul Wallenberg will be made public in accordance with a decision by the Government on Thursday.

About 60 000 pages dating from 1971 are being made public today in connection with the presentation of the reports of the Russian–Swedish inquiry about Raoul Wallenberg, which has been in progress since 1991.

The material shows how the Swedish Government and the Foreign Service have tried to follow up every imaginable trace and suggestion over the years. The information that is still coming in shows clearly that the matter is still of current interest. > More

Prime Minister Göran Persson comments on the Wallenberg report

12-01-2001,

The Russian–Swedish working group is presenting its reports on Raoul Wallenberg today. Prime Minister Göran Persson comments on the reports as follows:

« Raoul Wallenberg’s fearless and indefatigable efforts to save Hungarian Jews from persecution by Nazi Germany during World War II deserve to be remembered always. He is an example to us all.

For decades the fate of Raoul Wallenberg has touched people all over the world, and naturally it has been particularly painful for his relatives.Prime Minister Göran Persson comments on the Wallenberg report -> More
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Statsminister Göran Persson kommenterar Wallenberg-rapporten

12-01-2001, by P.M. Göran Persson,

Den svensk-ryska arbetsgruppen presenterar i dag sin rapport om Raoul Wallenberg. Statsminister Göran Persson ger följande kommentarer till rapporten:

– Raoul Wallenbergs orädda och outtröttliga insatser för att rädda ungerska judar från Nazitysklands förföljelse under det andra världskriget förtjänar att alltid hållas levande. Han är en förebild för oss alla.

– Raoul Wallenbergs öde har under decennier berört människor över hela världen, och naturligtvis varit särskilt smärtsamt för hans anhöriga…-> More
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Spionen Stig Bergling: Wallenberg levde 1989

02-01-2001, by Stig Bergling, ed. Afton Bladet

Ryssarna döljer viktiga uppgifter om Raoul Wallenberg. Det skriver den svenska regeringens egen utredningskonsult Susan Ellen Mesinai (Dagens Nyheter 4/1).
Inför den svensk-ryska rapport om Fallet Wallenberg som ska presenteras har Mesinai gått igenom tidigare utredningar. I sin utmärkta artikel konstaterar hon att det genom åren givits innehållslösa besked om att Wallenberg dött redan 1945 eller 1947 men att det finns iögonfallande bevis för att ”Wallenbergs död inträffade vid ett senare tillfälle än de datum som både den svenska och den ryska sidan driver”. -> More
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Guy von Dardel’s introduction to the report of the Independent consultants

01-01-2001, by Guy von Dardel,

This month the Swedish Foreign Office (UD), will present  the final report
of the Swedish – Russian Working Group on the fate of Raoul Wallenberg (RW) »
about its ten year long investigation. In addition, the four independent
experts to the Commission, will issue separate reports on their findings
based on thorough examination of Russian archives, in particular those of
the Vladimir prison. These investigations cover a period of about 10 years
since the beginning of the Working Group.

There is however a prehistory, stretching back to 1945 when RW was arrested
by Soviet troops in Hungary, and started a long and obscure transit through
Soviet prisons and camps.

While in the beginning the Swedish Foreign Office  carried the main burden
for the efforts to clarify RW:s fate, it soon became apparent that their
efforts had to be supplemented by independent investigations and pressure on
the Soviet Union. In the first place, I should mention Raoul ‘s and my
mother, Maj von Dardel, as well as my father, Frederik von Dardel, his
stepfather, who until their deaths in 1979 carried the heavy burden of
ensuring that everything was done to solve RW:s fate. They were helped by
many ardent collaborators, such as the Czech author Rudolph Philipp who
wrote the first Swedish book about RW:s achievements and was the first to
claim that RW:s later fate was far from certain; and Birgitta Bellander who
organised a joint committee of the major Swedish RW movements. This
initiative, outside of the UD, later evolved into the Swedish RW-Committee,
which for a long time was headed by Sonja Sonnenfeldt. > More