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Raoul Wallenberg, Reference Information Paper 1

Raoul Wallenberg is known for his outstanding and daring operations to save Jews in Budapest during the latter half of 1944, and for being arrested and taken prisoner by the Russians in January 1945, never to return. His work and fate occupied the media, political leaders, historians and Jewish leaders in the West for decades. In the communist block, however, there was total silence, and a very limited number of people knew about him. The political changes in Central and Eastern Europe meant both that thorough investigations in Russian archives were possible for the very first time, and that it was possible to openly discuss and investigate his life, work and fate.

In spite of all efforts at the highest political level and far-reaching historical research, it has not been possible to establish the truth of what really happened to Wallenberg after March 1947.

Protection passport. Credits to the Jewish Museum in Stockholm (which owns the original) and to photographer Karl Gabor, Stockholm.

Written September 2005 by Anna Svenson


Raoul Wallenberg, Life and Work

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  • Hungary - the last chapter of the Holocaust
  • The Wallenberg mission
  • Arrest and imprisonment
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