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Stockholm, Sweden - New Evidence On WWII Mystery of Raoul Wallenberg

Published on: April 1, 2010 02:28 PM
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FILE -- World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg is seen in this undated file photo. New evidence from Russian archives suggests that Wallenberg, credited with rescuing tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust, was alive after Soviets reported that he had died in a Moscow prison, a Swedish magazine and U.S. researchers reported Thursday April 1, 2010. The fate of Wallenberg, who was arrested in Budapest in January 1945 by the Soviet army, has remained one of the great mysteries of World War II. The Soviets claimed he was executed in July 17, 1947 but never produced a reliable death certificate or his remains. Witnesses claim he was seen in Soviet prisons or labor camps many years later, although those accounts were never verified.  Now, the archives of the Russian Security Services say a man identified only as Prisoner No. 7, who was interrogated six days after the diplomat's reported death, was "with great likelihood" Wallenberg.(AP Photo/file)FILE—World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg is seen in this undated file photo. New evidence from Russian archives suggests that Wallenberg, credited with rescuing tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust, was alive after Soviets reported that he had died in a Moscow prison, a Swedish magazine and U.S. researchers reported Thursday April 1, 2010. The fate of Wallenberg, who was arrested in Budapest in January 1945 by the Soviet army, has remained one of the great mysteries of World War II. The Soviets claimed he was executed in July 17, 1947 but never produced a reliable death certificate or his remains. Witnesses claim he was seen in Soviet prisons or labor camps many years later, although those accounts were never verified.  Now, the archives of the Russian Security Services say a man identified only as Prisoner No. 7, who was interrogated six days after the diplomat's reported death, was "with great likelihood" Wallenberg.(AP Photo/file)

Stockholm, Sweden - Researchers say new evidence from Russian archives suggests that a Swedish diplomat credited with rescuing thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust was alive after the Soviets reported his death in prison.

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The fate of Raoul Wallenberg, whom the Soviet army arrested in Budapest in January 1945, has remained one of the great mysteries of World War II.

The Soviets claimed he was executed in 1947 but never produced a reliable death certificate or his remains. Witnesses claim he was seen in Soviet prisons or labor camps many years later.

The archives of the Russian Security Services now say a man identified only as Prisoner No. 7, who was interrogated six days after the diplomat’s reported death, was “with great likelihood” Wallenber.


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 Apr 01, 2010 at 04:28 PM Anonymous Says:

What did Russia have against Wallenberg? Why would they want to torture and kill him?

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 05:09 PM esther Says:

supposedly the advancing red army mistakenly arrested walenberg as he was leaving hungary to go home. the communists would do anything to avoid public embarrassment,including admitting that they arrested an innocent man, a diplomat from an allied country so they decided to keep him hidden in the gulag.

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 05:20 PM cp Says:

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Anonymous Says:

What did Russia have against Wallenberg? Why would they want to torture and kill him?

The Soviets detained him because they thought he was a spy for the US.

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 05:30 PM Alex Says:

To # 1. Yes it has remained one of the great mysteries of World War II. But it is a fact that after the war the Soviets arrested many young people in Budapest as suspects of German solders, between them a lot of Jews it took years until they got free.

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 06:09 PM pityu Says:

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Anonymous Says:

What did Russia have against Wallenberg? Why would they want to torture and kill him?

if you dont know who the russians are by this time you will never know i asked this same question the answer is that russia stands for evil they are as far as you can go always conqured and murdered their own like with stalin and other nations citizens as they are doing in chechen and what they did in hungary they want to dominate smaller countries in wallenbergs case they just killed him or imprisioned him for the sheer sadistic reasons russia n word stands for rishes evil

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 06:10 PM MazelKGH Says:

#1 - Not that the Russians ever needed a reason for torture - He was suspected suspicion of being a spy for the United States and that the War Refugee Board which he was part of was engaged in espionage.

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 06:18 PM Anonymous Says:

I bet the Ruskis thought Wallenberg was a US Agent. The cold war had just begun. Could they trust a Diplomat who saved Yidden? Who would do such a thing? Only a principled person. Of course the Ruskis would want him dead.

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 07:26 PM Milhouse Says:

Once they'd reported him dead, and once they'd squeezed whatever information they could out of him, why would they keep him alive? It's not as if they could ever release him. So if by some chance he was discovered still alive, he shortly wouldn't be. This is why I never believed the rumours that he was alive in the '70s.

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 10:52 PM Anonymous Says:

I walk past his house in Ann Arbor Michigan, from when he went to school there, to shul often. His house has a plaque from the city historical register.

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