What Happened to Raoul Wallenberg?

01-01-1999 , by David Matas , ed. LexisNexis


ON 5 SEPTEMBER 1996, THE HONOURABLE LLOYD AXWORTHY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade for the Government of Canada, announced that the Government would assist in defraying the cost of my research activities to determine the fate and whereabouts of Raoul Wallenberg. The amount granted was $ 5,000.00. In pursuit of that research, I have travelled to Riga, Latvia; London, England; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Geneva, Switzerland; and Washington, D.C., U.S.A. I was in Riga on 15 November 1996; in Stockholm the week of 12 January 1997; in London the week of 11 February 1997; in Moscow the week of 3 March 1997; in Geneva the week of 26 March 1997; and in Washington, D.C. from 17 May 1997.

In September 1991, both the Swedish and Russian governments appointed Working Groups to investigate and report on the fate of Raoul Wallenberg. I travelled to Riga to meet Hans Magnusson, Head of the Swedish Working Group on Raoul Wallenberg and Swedish Ambassador to Latvia. In Washington, D.C, I met with Susanne Berger, an independent Wallenberg researcher. In Geneva, Switzerland, I met with Guy Von Dardel, Raoul Wallenberg’s brother. In both London and Washington, I attempted to gain access to archival documents. The details of these visits and information about my contacts in Stockholm and Moscow constitute the body of this report.

From the time I began my work, the release of the Swedish and Russian Working Group reports appeared imminent. Release dates, though constantly changing, were never more … -> More
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