Gellert Kovacs

Gellert Kovacs has worked on the Raoul Wallenberg project between 2009-2012. He has receiver of funds from the Swedish foreign ministry for research around the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg and his contacts in Hungary. He researched for 6 months in Hungarian archives in 2009. In 2010 made a presentation of report to committee at foreign ministry. He works as consultant for the Royal Museum of Military History for their exhibition on Raoul Wallenberg 2010-12 and have made several seminars about Raoul Wallenberg as well as other Swedish live-savers during the war.


  • “ Rapport till UD- Raoul Wallenberg, forskning I hans fotspår i Budapest 1944-45 ”   2010.  (Report for the foreign ministry-Raoul Wallenberg, a research in his footsteps in Budapest 1944-45” Only in Swedish language) This work was only for the ministry and not for the public.


  • And also articles for the electronic version of the historical magazine “Pennan och Svärdet”

and also…

Researchers who participated in the research in Vladimir prison 1990

  • Vadim Bakatin, the then-Chairman of the KGB, Vadim Bakatin, was a strong supporter of the project.
  • Vladimir Berzon and his daughter Masha, an invaluable translators, and wonderful helpers to Guy von Dardel
  • Dr. Vadim Birstein, Russian, member of Memorial Society, living now in USA.
  • Rolf BjörnerstedtSwedish, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, was responsible for organising the first Vladimir prisoner card database, which was a major contribution.
  • Dr. Mikhail ChlenovRussian, director of VAAD, an organization of Soviet Jews
  • Professor Irving CotlerCanadian, Professor of International Law at McGill University, 2004 Minister of Justice in Canada.
  • Professor Guy von Dardel, Swedish, organizer in the research in Vladimir Prison and maternal brother of Raoul Wallenberg.
  • Alexei KartsevRussian, journalist and reporter for Komsomol′ skaya Pravda; author of first newspaper article about Raoul Wallenberg in the Soviet press in 1988
  • Sergei Kovalyov, russian researcher
  • Gennadi Kusovin, russian researcher
  • Dr. Kronid Lyubarski Russian, former Political Prisoner in Soviet labor camps and in Vladimir, and editor living in Munich, Germany
  • Professor Marvin W. Makinen, was himself  imprisoned in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. He sat for a year in the prison of Vladimir. He has written together with Ari Kaplan a report on the analysis on register’s prisoners card.
  • Theodore Nemec,in Stockhom, of Czech origin but fluent in Russian, deciphered and translated to English some 2000 cards
  • Alexander Rodnyansky, Film director and producer; directed first Soviet documentary film about Raoul Wallenberg, released in late 1990
  • Arsenii Roginski Russian, Senior Researcher, Memorial Society, and former political prisoner in Soviet labor camps. Now Director and Deputy of Memorial
  • the staff of the Vladimir prison archive

And also private initiatives who tried as much they could to bring Raoul Wallenberg home:

  • Birgitta Bellander, who organised a joint committee of the major Swedish RW movements
  • Lars Brink, working on the research project « The young Raoul Wallenberg », Licentiate of Philosophy, Writer, Major
  • Otto Danielsson, Chief Inspector of the Swedish Security Police who since 1951 until his death in 1982 provided invaluable assistance to Raoul Wallenberg’s family, Fredrik and Maj von Dardel, both in official and private capacity.
  • Charlie Fenyvesi
  • Rolf Karlbom: Rolf Karlbom always tried to find new ways to track down traces of RW and specialized in the analysis of witness testimonies
  • Eleonor Kius, former employee of the German Foreign Ministry who worked in the German resistance and who dedicated her life to support human rights causes, including that of Raoul Wallenberg. She is the author of a very interesting memoir,  shortly before her death. « Heureka: Auch eine Odyssee » (2007).
  • Gellert Kovacs, Historian who has written about « Raoul Wallenberg mellan met och verklighet »
  • Gunnar Loretzon,
  • Curt Nisser,
  • Carl Fredrik Palmstierna, together with Otto Danielsson handled many of the formal correspondence for Fredrik and Maj von Dardel, including the applications to the Wallenberg Stiftelse in the period from 1973 -1977.
  • Elisabeth von Seth, tried in various ways to find out information about Raoul Wallenberg behind the scenes.
  • Victoria Pope
  • Yngve Shartau,
  • Ander Örn,
  • Simon Wiesenthal





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The Research

Action by Independent Researchers to find the whereabouts of Raoul Wallenberg

After more than sixty years of research we still have no acceptable proof for Raoul Wallenberg’s death in 1947. Some important archives are still to be opened, especially in Russia. The work to find the truth about the whereabouts of Raoul Wallenberg has been done conducted by various researchers, as well as by writers and film producers. They represent a wide variety of views. All, however, agree that there are still many unanswered questions which deserve to be thoroughly examined before the question of Raoul Wallenberg’s fate can be laid to rest.

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Berger, Susanne

Susanne Berger’s research addresses the wider political and economic aspects of Wallenberg’s humanitarian mission to Budapest, as well as their associated effects on the investigation of his disappearance. For six years she served as a consultant to the Swedish-Russian Working Group on the Fate of Raoul Wallenberg. > More

Birstein, Vadim

He is an expert on the subject of foreign prisoners in the Gulag, the fate of the Swedish Diplomat Raoul Wallenberg and Soviet doctors’ experimentation on humans. In 1990-91, he was a member of the International Commission on Raoul Wallenberg and participated in the Commission’s study of prisoner cards in Vladimir Prison and materials at the then secret Special, now Military Archive in Moscow. He has published three articles about his research on Raoul Wallenberg in the Russian press. > More

Cotler, Irwin

Canadian deputy.

Has been searching together with the Soviet-International Commission on the Fate and Whereabouts of Raoul Wallenberg Who Investigated the Kartoteka of the Vladimir Prison in August, 1990. See more at Marvin Makinen and Ari Kaplan report. > More

Raoul Wallenberg’s family, the von Dardel

Actions done by Raoul Wallenberg’s nearest family.

Maj Wallenberg’s husband Raoul died when she was pregnant and gave her new born baby the same name as his father, Raoul. Maj Wallenberg married Fredrik von Dardel some years later.

When Raoul Wallenberg diseapared in the URSS Maj together with her husband’s, Fredrik von Dardel, fought daily to get her son Raoul back home.

Fredrik and Maj von Dardel

Fredrik and Maj von Dardel, 1975, Expressen

Fredrik von Dardel considered him as his son and was of a very precious help to his wife’s fight. He wrote a diary, with detailed historical facts about their fight.

Fredrik and Maj got two children Guy  and Nina, married to Gunnar Lagergren.

Nina Lagergren has been much engaged at the Raoul Wallenberg association in Stockholm and has been very active with education at school with the Raoul Wallenberg Acadamy for young leaders.

Guy von Dardel, Raoul Wallenberg’s half brother, elementary partical physicist at CERN, fought since his abduction to get his brother home. It was due to his efforts that the first International Commission on the Fate and Whereabouts of Raoul Wallenberg was established and that this group did groundbreaking work in Russian prison archives.


Fredrik von Dardel’s diary

Fredrik von Dardel wrote a diary about their fight to bring their son home in 1952 up to 1978, the year before he passed away.


Guy von Dardel

Prof. Guy von Dardel, a well known figure at CERN and in the international particle-physics community Image credit: Len Sirman Press

Guy von Dardel passed away in August 28 2009, after having hoped up to the last day to get the truth about his brother’s Fate. Guy von Dardel often said « The truth can and will be found and it will be, as the Romans said long ago, « a monument more durable than marble. » ». He left 85 archive boxes after a life long research for his brother. Writing letters to Swedish, American, Russian, Israelis Prime Ministers, Ministers, Presidents (his first was to President Truman) and other personalities.

Guy von Dardel as a private person, sues URSS in 1984. Five years late, in 1989 Guy von Dardel and his sister Nina Lagergren receives Raoul Wallenberg’s belongings at the time of his arrest (diplomatic passport; an ID, a diary; a golden cigarette case and money in old dollars and Hungarian pengos).

In 1990 the Joint Soviet-International Commission to Establish the Fate and Whereabouts of Raoul Wallenberg that was formed and headed by Dr. Guy von Dardel, arrived to study the registration cards of the prisoner in the Vladimir prison. It confirmed the presence of  witnesses who had given their testimony about the presence of Raoul Wallenberg at the prison. After consultation of the register cards there were many questions about a prisoner nr 7.

He also requested for Raoul Wallenberg being rehabilitated, which was approved by the Russian Government in 2000.

Since 2001,  in spite of Prime Minister Persson’s apology, the family has not seen any change of attitude by the Swedish Foreign Office  regarding the Raoul Wallenberg case. The same year Guy von Dardel made a report summarizing the research that has been done.

Guy von Dardel’s last letter was the Open letter to Dr. Vasily S. Khristoforov Director, FSB Archives Directorate Federal Security written together with the Independents Working Group, followed by the answer about the prisoner nr 7 who might have been Raoul Wallenberg.In november 2009 in a formal reply to several questions from the Independent researchers regarding Russian prison interrogation registers from 1947, FSB archivists stated that « with great likelihood » Raoul Wallenberg became « Prisoner No. 7″ in Moscow’s Lubyanka prison some time that year.  > More

Gann, Christoph

Christoph Gann’s Raoul Wallenberg website
Research on Wallenberg mission in Budapest

Christoph Gann is the author of a very well regarded book concerning Raoul Wallenberg in Hungary and his fate in USSR – « Raoul Wallenberg. So viele Menschen retten wie moeglich » („To save as many lives as possible“). He has organized exhibitions about Raoul Wallenberg, « Lichter in der Finsternis: Raoul Wallenberg und die Rettung der Budapester Juden 1944/45 » (“Lights in the darkness: Raoul Wallenberg and the rescue of Budapest Jewry 1944/45”), shown in Germany, Hungary and Austria since 1994. Gann is judge at the District Court in Meiningen/Germany and scientific collaborator of the German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. > More

Dr. Craig Graham McKay

Dr. Craig Graham McKay is the author of From Information to Intrigue, Studies in Secret Service based on the Swedish Experience, 1939-1945 (Cass:London, 1993) and (with Bengt Beckman) Swedish Signal Intelligence 1900-1945 (Cass: London, 2003). He is principally interested in scrutinizing claims that Raoul Wallenberg’s mission to Budapest may have had an intelligence dimension. > More

Grunberg, Max

Max Grunberg actively promotes the Raoul Wallenberg case and the search for his fate. He has written endless letters to different Governments. Many of them remain unanswered. > More