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New details emerge about disappearance of Swedish ships in the Cold War

  • Susanne Berger and Kerstin von Seth

In 1948 Swedish military officials considered the possibility that the loss of the ships “Iwan” and “Kinnekulle” had not been accidental, but that they had been delivered “intentionally” into Russian hands, in retaliation for Swedish smuggling operations.

Months earlier, in November 1947, Foreign Minister Oesten Undén personally met with a Swedish captain questioned by Polish authorities about smuggling activities by Swedish ships.

Also, on at least one occasion the Swedish Defense Staff used a Swedish commercial vessel to infiltrate a secret agent into Poland in 1946.

All these issues may have had serious implications for Swedish ships traveling the dangerous Gdansk-Trelleborg corridor during the Cold War years.

New documentation obtained from the archives of the Swedish Defense Staff (MUST) and the Swedish Security Police (SÄPO) shows that as early as 1946 Swedish civilian and military authorities had detailed knowledge about illegal smuggling operations of various goods and refugees from Eastern Europe conducted by Swedish ships. The papers also make clear that there existed at least a routine exchange of information between the Swedish State Police, the Customs Office, as well as the Swedish Foreign Ministry and Defense Staff on the subject at the time. There is evidence that by November 1947 Foreign Minister Östen Undén was so concerned about the problem and its wider political impact, that he held an official meeting with a Swedish captain after a prominent Polish politician had fled to Sweden on the captain’s ship.

The secret traffic, however, also flowed in the opposite direction. The new papers reveal that the Swedish Defense Staff on at least one occasion used a Swedish vessel to smuggle a secret agent into Poland. According to records from MUST, the head of Försvarsstaben, Utrikesavdelning, Curt Kempff, in August 1946 personally authorized the transfer of a Polish agent onboard a Swedish commercial vessel. These actions raise important new questions about the disappearance of Swedish ships in the Baltic sea in the Cold War years.

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New details emerge about disappearance of Swedish ships in the Cold War

  • Susanne Berger and Kerstin von Seth

In 1948 Swedish military officials considered the possibility that the loss of the ships “Iwan” and “Kinnekulle” had not been accidental, but that they had been delivered “intentionally” into Russian hands, in retaliation for Swedish smuggling operations. Months earlier, in… Read More »New details emerge about disappearance of Swedish ships in the Cold War

Myter kring myten Raoul Wallenberg

  • Georg Sessler and Paul A. Levine

I en nyligen publicerad bok av Paul A. Levine anklagas Raoul Wallenberg för att under svensk diplomatisk täckmantel i själva verket ha arbetat med såväl pågående som framtida affärer efter kriget. “Varken Lauer eller Raoul Wallenberg kände några samvetskval inför… Read More »Myter kring myten Raoul Wallenberg

24000 days

  • Melanie Wendelin, Finland

Today it’s been 24, 000 days since Raoul Wallenberg was arrested by the Soviet Union on 17 January 1945. It took 943 days before Andrei Vyshinsky, the Soviet deputy foreign minister, claimed that Wallenberg was not in the Soviet Union… Read More »24000 days

Wallenberg, a new musical drama

With book and lyrics by the 2006 Kleban Award-winning team of Laurence Holzman & Felicia Needleman, music by Benjamin Rosenbluth, and under the direction of Emmy Award winner Annette Jolles, Wallenberg is a groundbreaking endeavor with which we share the same goal and vision –… Read More »Wallenberg, a new musical drama

Australian Raoul Wallenberg stamp sheet

  • Raoul Wallenberg Unit of B’nai B’rith, Melbourne, Australia

25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

of RAOUL WALLENBERG UNIT of B’NAI B’RITH

and LAUNCH of the RAOUL WALLENBERG STAMP SHEET

Established in 1985, Raoul Wallenberg Unit of B’nai B’rith celebrated its 25th anniversary recently with a celebratory dinner at Lincoln of Toorak.

A new, limited edition Stamp Sheet honouring Raoul Wallenberg was officially launched by Jan Anger, the son of Per Anger, a Swedish diplomat who worked with Raoul Wallenberg in saving Jewish lives in Budapest in 1944-45.  After the war, Per Anger became head of Sweden’s international aid program and served as Ambassador to Australia, Canada and the Bahamas.Read More »Australian Raoul Wallenberg stamp sheet