The Wallenberg Curse

28-02-2009, by Joshua Prager, ed. Wall Street Journal

STOCKHOLM — In neat script, blue ink on white letterhead, 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 by the phone. On a chest, a spray of flowers she kept fresh stood beside a picture of her son, Raoul Wallenberg. > More

Inquiry requested by the German Petition Committee of the German Parliament regarding the Handling of the Raoul Wallenberg Case

09-02-2009, by Max Grunberg,

Dear members of the Petition Committee,

For your information, I have been involved in the search for missing Swedish diplomat Raoul G. Wallenberg (1912 – ?) since 1985. I have been supported in the search by the Swedish government. This support was recognized by Prime Minister Persson, who wrote on 29 November 2001: “In this context your tireless efforts to promote the search for Raoul Wallenberg are appreciated by the Swedish Government. We regard them as a useful complement to the official investigation” (copy enclosed). A few examples of this cooperation… -> More

Press release, requesting help from the President Obama regarding the Search for Raoul Wallenberg

05-02-2009, by Max Grunberg,

Your Excellency President Obama,

Could I kindly ask your assistance in clarifying your government’s position in the case of Raoul Wallenberg, an Honorary Citizen of the USA? (Please see Congressional resolution at the end of this letter)

What is of immediate importance is the fact that somewhere around the globe there may still be individuals (witnesses) with factual information on the whereabouts of Raoul …

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Press release, Inquiry requested by the Swedish Ombudsman regarding the handling of the Wallenberg Case

05-02-2009, by Max Grunberg,

Dear Ombudsman,

For your information, I have been involved in the search for missing Swedish diplomat Raoul G. Wallenberg (1912 – ?) since 1985. I have been supported in the search by the Swedish government. This support was recognized by Prime Minister Persson, who wrote on 29 November 2001: “In this context your tireless efforts to promote the search for Raoul Wallenberg are appreciated by the Swedish Government. -> More

Letter to President Peres

05-02-2009, by Max Grunberg,

Could I kindly ask for your assistance, on humanitarian grounds, in clarifying your position on the case of Raoul Wallenberg, Israel’s first Honorary Citizen? (Please see Knesset sub- committee statement at the end of this letter and the reply of the Israeli Ombudsman of 29 January 2009, copy enclosed). I am turning to you as a last resort, as I have turned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to no avail (enclosed letter to the Israeli Ombudsman, 25 December 2008) and I still remember how much you supported our efforts at the time that you were Prime Minister (statement enclosed). -> More
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Requesting help from the Canadian Minister

05-02-2009, by Max Grunberg,

Your Excellency Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism,

Thank you so much for making your statement commemorating Raoul Wallenberg Day.

In your statement you wrote: “Raoul Wallenberg was captured by Soviet forces on January 17, 1945. Ten days after making that statement, as the Soviet Union pushed the Nazis out of Hungary. He was not seen again.”
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Letter to Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism,

05-02-2009, by Max Grunberg,

Thank you so much for making your statement commemorating Raoul Wallenberg Day.

In your statement you wrote: “Raoul Wallenberg was captured by Soviet forces on January 17, 1945. Ten days after making that statement, as the Soviet Union pushed the Nazis out of Hungary. He was not seen again.”

Although this statement is correct, it is important to know that the search for Raoul continues, as you can see from the enclosed correspondence …

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Letter to the Swedish Ombudsman

05-02-2009, by Max Grunberg,

Dear Ombudsman,

For your information, I have been involved in the search for missing Swedish diplomat Raoul G. Wallenberg (1912 – ?) since 1985. I have been supported in the search by the Swedish government. This support was recognized by Prime Minister Persson, who wrote on 29 November 2001: “In this context your tireless efforts to promote the search for Raoul Wallenberg are appreciated by the Swedish Government. -> More
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Open letter to Dr. Vasily S. Khristoforov Director, FSB Archives Directorate Federal Security

28-01-2009, by Guy von Dardel, Susanne Berger, Professor Marvin W. Makinen, Susan Ellen Mesinai, and Ari Kaplan,

Dr. Vasily S. Khristoforov Director, FSB Archives Directorate

Federal Security Service

Bolshoi Lubyanka Street, House 2 Moscow, Russia 101000

In re: Your article about Raoul Wallenberg in « Vremya » of January 19, 2009

Dear Vasily Stepanovich,

All of us, as former members and consultants to the Russian-Swedish Working Group, were very pleased to read your thorough and very interesting article about the many puzzling questions that still remain in the case of the missing Swedish diplomat Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg. We believe your outline of some of the key issues that remain unresolved will help researchers such as ourselves to formulate incisive questions that can be followed up further in Russian archives. We welcome your article also because it provides an opportunity for a more direct exchange of views.

One of the central problems in establishing all the facts of Wallenberg’s imprisonment in the Soviet Union, including the main question ‘What happened to him?’ once his trail breaks off in the Spring of 1947, is, as you stress, the problem of missing documents. But your article also helps us to identify areas of research where progress may well be possible. > More

Corpus delicti

19-01-2009, by Василий ХРИСТОФОРОВ, Vasily Khristoforov, ed. ИД "Время"Издательство "Время" Vremya Novosti

Google translation from russia:

In the historical center of Budapest, on the street Dohoney is an unusual monument – a weeping willow. Her thin metal branches – leaves-plate engraved with the names of Hungarian Jews – Holocaust victims.  Near willow plaque of black granite with the names of people fleeing the Nazis were doomed to inevitable destruction of the Jews. The first name on the list – Raoul Wallenberg. Thanks to Swedish diplomat Wallenberg, who worked in the Nazis occupied Budapest in 1944, sent to death camps escaped several thousand people.  January 17, 1945 Raoul Wallenberg was arrested in Budapest by Soviet troops and disappeared.

Determining the fate of Raoul Wallenberg for many years by specialists from different countries. Nearly a decade led the search for historical records joint Russian-Swedish Working Group, established by intergovernmental agreement.  We investigated many versions examined hundreds of volumes of archival documents, held meetings with dozens of people.  But the researchers did not find the answers to critical questions: why the Soviet secret services was needed Wallenberg, what are the details of his stay in Soviet prisons, finally, what is the real reason and the date of his death? Documents related to Raoul Wallenberg, access is limited. Materials stored in the Central Archives of the Federal Security Service, in conjunction with the report of the Russian-Swedish group, and other documentary sources, allow to some extent to recreate a historical retrospective.

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