Swedish WWII Hero Who Saved Thousands Of Jews Died In Russian Prison In 1947


(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES)

Sweden officially declares WWII hero Raoul Wallenberg is dead

Associated Press

Swedish authorities have formally pronounced World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg dead, 71 years after he disappeared in Hungary.

The Swedish diplomat, credited with helping at least 20,000 Hungarian Jews escape the Holocaust, is believed to have died in Soviet captivity, though the time and circumstances of his death remain unresolved.

The Swedish Tax Authority, which registers births and deaths in Sweden, confirmed a report Monday in the newspaper Expressen that Wallenberg had been pronounced dead.

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Pia Gustafsson, who heads the agency’s legal department, told the AP that the decision was taken on Oct. 26 after an application from Wallenberg’s trustee.

She said the date of Wallenberg’s death was set as July 31, 1952, a date chosen by default under a rule saying a missing person who is presumed to have died should be declared dead five years after his disappearance.

Wallenberg vanished after being arrested by the Red Army in 1945. The Soviets initially denied he was in their custody, but in 1957 they said he had died of a heart attack in prison on July 17, 1947.

9 thoughts on “Swedish WWII Hero Who Saved Thousands Of Jews Died In Russian Prison In 1947

  1. Undoubtedly, he is dead, but when and under what circumstances? Who knows? Soviets can’t be believed in anything, and all kinds of wild rumors were circulating by former “politicals” who had been released from the cams during Khruschev’s “thawing” amnesty.

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      1. So many ‘nice’ people just don’t want to see truth as long as they themselves feel that the ‘evil’ that surrounds them isn’t kicking in the door they are hiding behind themselves. You know the theory, ‘as long as it isn’t happening to me I will stay quiet’. Many do not realize that this ‘way of living’ tends to end with one being all alone, when they are murdered.

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      2. It is definitely easier to save animals than to save people or, moreover, to save countries and ultimately the world. I am all for saving animals, do not misunderstand, and my two cats were rescued, but I also remember that “those who treat animals like people, will soon treat people like animals.” That was said by a great religious leader upon his visit to pre-war Germany when he observed barbered and manicured poodles in designer coats.

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