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Posted: August 2,
2006 - ח' באב, תשס"ו
The time has come for Wallenberg's fate
to be revealed
The International Raoul Wallenerg Foundation
Wallenberg's birthday coming up on August 4th, 2006, and over 60 years since his
disappearance, and the time has finally come for his fate to be revealed. This
week, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation will present a 425 pages
document with the interim result of their signature campaign to President
Vladimir Putin, as well as to other leaders around the world and the United
Nations. The ongoing "100,000 Names for 100,000 Lives" campaign has
already accumulated over 22,000 signatures in an effort to solve the mystery of
Raoul Wallenberg. The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation hopes that this
will be the last of Wallenberg's birthdays to be celebrated while he is still
missing and his fate undetermined.
Sixty-one years ago, Raoul Wallenberg risked
his life saving 100,000 lives from Nazi death camps, daring to directly oppose
Adolf Hitler's extermination plans in Hungary.
On January 17th 1945 he was seized by the
Soviet Army and to this day his whereabouts and fate remain a mystery. The
official Soviet line has always been that he suffered a heart attack and died in
1947. However, there are reports of people that met Wallenberg right into the
1970s and 1980s.
A joint Swedish-Russian Working group has
been investigating the fate of Raoul Wallenberg for over a decade, however,
Russian and Swedish members of the group could not agree on a common report of
The Swedish study emphasizes the lack of
documentation of Wallenberg's execution, but also offers evidence that
Wallenberg may have been placed in a special prison, where prisoners were
labeled with numbers rather than names, or may have even been placed in a mental
institution. The Swedish report also notes that Moscow has denied researchers
access to KGB intelligence files and former KGB officials refused to be
The IRWF also recently launched the
international campaign "Let's Bring Raoul Home," which calls for
distinguished personalities to write letters directly to Vladimir Putin, asking
for the release of vital information on Wallenberg's case. Letters have been
written by Nobel Prize Laureates, Heads of State and Wallenberg's family, but
these letters have yet to generate a response from President Putin himself.
Ambassadors' answers to the IRWF's letters to President Putin all offer the same
unsubstantiated claim that Raoul Wallenberg died in the Soviet Union on July 17,
Now that the Soviet Union is no more, it is
no longer a matter of shame for the Russians to tell the world what happened to
Raoul. It is not too late. One person can solve this mystery: President Putin.
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