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Documents on Raoul Wallenberg made public

    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.Read More »Documents on Raoul Wallenberg made public

    Guy von Dardel’s introduction to the report of the Independent consultants

      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.Read More »Guy von Dardel’s introduction to the report of the Independent consultants