Letter to the Swedish Ministers and Parliamentarians

06-12-2005, by Max Grunberg,

Your Excellencies, and friends of Raoul Wallenberg,

Through the assistance of H.E. Robert Rydberg, I was able to have a meeting with H.E. Stefan Amer, political advisor to Minister Freivalds, during his visit to Israel.

I am grateful to H.E. Amer for his sincere interest in the case, and I presented Mr. Amer with a response to Ambassador Hamrin’s letter, 13-10-2005. So far, except for the response of Ambassador Hamrin’s letter, I have not received a reply to my July 18th letter to you. -> More
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Letter to the Canadian Minister Cotler

04-12-2005, by David Matas, Susanne Berger, Max Grunberg, Louise von Dardel, Marie Dupuy,

To whom it may concern,

It is the view of the signatories to this letter that Canada should pursue an investigation into the fate of Raoul Wallenberg. This letter explains and justifies this view first indicating what questions remain to be answered, second suggesting how they could be answered, third explaining why Canada should be pursuing the investigation and fourth giving specifics on what Canada should do. > More

Letter to the Swedish Foreign office Mr Hamrin (so far no respons)

14-11-2005, by Max Grunberg,

In my letter July 18th Minister Freivalds, Prime Minister Persson and other Ministers and Parliamentarians, I have included the following points, with Sweden’s and Ambassador Hamrin’s remark in green to what has been done about it, or not done, and my response in red:

1) To consider the possibility of the Swedish Parliament asking the Swedish government and the Foreign Minister to facilitate a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and the immediate members of the Wallenberg family (von Dardel and Lagergren families). President Putin, as Head of State, has the authority to open key archives, as we have strong indications that highly relevant records are available in these archives. Russia now needs to provide access to these records. (see attached press release, Questions for President Putin) Furthermore, President Putin also has the authority to instruct one of his government agencies to circulate the Missing in Action appeal.

So far no response

2) To issue a statement that the search for Raoul Wallenberg and the clarification of his fate remains a matter of high priority and has the support of Swedish lawmakers. So far no response …. -> More
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Raoul Wallenberg and the Complexities of Historic Truth

01-11-2005, by Susanne Berger, ed. Wallenberg Bulletin [Canada]

Sixty years after Raoul Wallenberg disappearance in the Soviet Union we are left with the same old question: Will the mystery of Wallenberg’s disappearance ever be solved? The answer is a definite ‘yes’, with equally strong qualifiers. > More

Letter to President Koelher

24-10-2005, by Max Grunberg,

Dear Dr. Jansen and Mr. de Maiziere,

H.E. Angela Merkel Chancellor

Via

Mr. Thomas de Maiziere Director-General Office of Chancellery of Chancellor Merkel

Berlin Germany

May I kindly ask your assistance in obtaining a decision of how your government intends to honor Mr. Raoul Wallenberg and assist in the search for Mr. Wallenberg?

In this regard, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to President Koehler for meeting me in Jerusalem together with the nieces of Mr. Wallenberg, as well as to former President Rau, former President Herzog, former Chancellor Kohl, Prof. Dr. Suessmuth, Mr. Muelmenstaedt and Dr. Nunn for their sincere interest in the fate of Mr. Wallenberg. -> More
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International Convention for tje Protection of all Persons from enforced Disappearance

23-09-2005, by United Nations,

The States Parties to this Convention,
Considering the obligation of States under the Charter of the United Nations to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
Recalling the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and all other relevant international instruments in the fields of human rights, humanitarian law and international criminal law. -> More
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Stuck in Neutral, Susanne Berger’s analyse on Raoul Wallenberg

22-08-2005, by Susanne Berger,

Stuck in Neutral

In March 2003 the first independent, non-governmental Commission in the Raoul Wallenberg case presented its findings in Stockholm.1 Headed by Ingemar Eliasson, a centrist politician and the current Swedish ‘Riksmarskalk,’ the group had the task of examining the Swedish political leadership’s actions in the Raoul Wallenberg case from 1945-2001.

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Questions for President Putin, Press Release

09-05-2005, by S. Berger, A. Kaplan, M. Makinen, S. Mesenai,

As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, we draw renewed attention to the most protracted missing person case of the Cold War: The fate of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who was arrested in Hungary and taken to the Soviet Union in 1945, remains unknown. > More

Questions for President Putin

09-05-2005, by Susanne Berger, Ari D. Kaplan, Dr. Marvin W. Makinen, Susan E. Mesinai,

As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, we draw renewed attention to the most protracted missing person case of the Cold War: The fate of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who was arrested in Hungary and taken to the Soviet Union in 1945, remains unknown.
After a ten-year study, the Swedish-Russian Working Group in 2001 presented the findings of its official investigation into the Wallenberg case. In addition, we, as independent consultants to the Working Group, issued our own research reports that summarized our findings in greater detail.
Our work has focused on reconstructing Raoul Wallenberg’s path through captivity from a wide variety of records. Through our research a number of concrete questions and precise leads have been developed, which, if answered, would almost certainly provide incisive clues about his disappearance in Soviet captivity. > More

Jacob Wallenberg’s Initiative

05-05-2005, by Susanne Berger,

On April 19, in an interview with Svenska Dagbladet, German Filmmaker Klaus Dexel described his disappointment at the reaction of Peter Wallenberg when some years ago he asked him about a document containing new information about actions the Wallenberg Family had taken in the 1950’s in the Raoul Wallenberg case. Peter Wallenberg simply chose to ignore the question. But Klaus Dexel is right: The document does deserve serious attention.

The paper sheds important light on the behind-the-scenes role in the Raoul Wallenberg investigation by one of the most elusive parties in the case, the Wallenberg family. It is an internal interview report from SÄPO, (dated September 15 and 22, 1954 respectively) which was forwarded to UD by SÄPO’s Chief Inspector  Otto Danielsson. A Swedish businessman by the name of Ernst Natander had reported an unusual conversation he had had in March 1954 with one of Jacob Wallenberg’s close associates, Carl Hardeberg, then a director in Industri-Diesel. According to Natander, Hardeberg had told him that a Major “Tärnström” (sic) of the Swedish Defense Staff was “traveling around Europe to establish contact with firms which had connections to Russia.” Through these contacts, Hardeberg added, “Tärnström” “hoped to obtain information about Raoul Wallenberg.” Would Natander support these efforts? Most interestingly, Hardeberg indicated that  » …the Wallenberg Family was ready to make a large sacrifice for discovering what happened to Raoul.” > More