The Fate of Raoul Wallenberg

New evidence has been released by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) that sheds a bit more light on the fate of Wallenerg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jewish lives during the 1940s by issuing passports to refugees. Wallenberg was arrested in 1945 by the Soviets, after which his whereabouts becomes murky. According to the official Soviet version, he died of a heart attack on July 17, 1947 while still in custody. Now, the FSB has released a document claiming that he “in all likelihood” was the “prisoner number 7” who was interrogated for sixteen hours on July 23 – that is, six days after his official death.

Wallenberg could have been killed immediately after (or during) his July 23 interrogation or he could have been kept in severe isolation in Lubyanka for several months and then executed. Another possibility is that he was sentenced and transferred to a distant prison, such as Vladimir, 250 kilometers east of Moscow, where quite a few witnesses said they met or heard of Raoul Wallenberg after 1947.

It’s quite possible that more documents currently exist in the Russian archives that can determine once and for all what happened to Wallenberg. At any rate, one of the most persistent mysteries of World War II just got even more interesting.


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