The Raoul Wallenberg Research Initiative RWI-70

10-06-2015

70 years after the end of WWII and 70 years after  Raoul Wallenberg’s disappearance in the Soviet Union, the full circumstances of his fate remain unknown.

Photo Credit:  Raoul Wallenberg's photo on a 1943 visa application, The Hungarian National Archives, Budapest 

Photo Credit: Raoul Wallenberg’s photo on a 1943 visa application, The Hungarian National Archives, Budapest

       

To mark this anniversary, an international group of historians and Wallenberg experts are set to begin a new initiative intended to bring about a resolution of the case.

The  purpose of this initiative is to pool researchers’ knowledge and expertise in order  to devise new ways of advancing the search for answers and, in particular, to facilitate access to all pertinent  documentation in Russian and other international archives.  

 

Our central aim is to create a Blueprint for solving the Raoul Wallenberg case. 

Our short term goals are: 

 

  • to  prepare  a  Master List  of  questions pending in the Raoul Wallenberg case, through  intensive discussion with international experts
  • to hold a joint meeting in the autumn 2015*, to finalize the Master List of essential questions and requests   (*time and date to be announced)
  • to take this Master List to Moscow, with  a small delegation of researcherswho will meet with Russian officials and archivists  to address the problem of direct access to key documentation.
  •  to prepare  separate Master Lists of questions for other international archives

 

We wish to ensure that even in this increasingly difficult political climate, the door on a constructive dialogue with Russian archivists and officials does not close entirely. The RWI, therefore, seeks the close cooperation  of both the  Russian and Swedish governments, as well as other international organization and representatives.

We also  warmly welcome all  members of the public  who wish  to join the effort.  Your support, in whatever way you might be willing to extend it, is greatly appreciated.

 

Coordinator

Susanne Berger

e-mail: sberger37@hotmail.com

Tel: 001 (703) 237-0946

 

                                                   

Photo Credit:  Raoul Wallenberg’s photo on a 1943 visa application, The Hungarian National Archives, Budapest

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