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The Wallenberg Curse

  • Joshua Prager

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.Read More »The Wallenberg Curse

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

  • 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… Read More »Inquiry requested by the German Petition Committee of the German Parliament regarding the Handling of the Raoul Wallenberg Case

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

  • 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… Read More »Press release, Inquiry requested by the Swedish Ombudsman regarding the handling of the Wallenberg Case

Letter to President Peres

  • 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… Read More »Letter to President Peres

Open letter to Dr. Vasily S. Khristoforov Director, FSB Archives Directorate Federal Security

  • 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.Read More »Open letter to Dr. Vasily S. Khristoforov Director, FSB Archives Directorate Federal Security

Corpus delicti

  • Василий ХРИСТОФОРОВ, Vasily Khristoforov

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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