Mysteries of Holocaust Hero Endure

Wallenberg's fate, long a mystery, begins to come to light
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2008 11:10 AM CDT
In this Jan. 18, 2001, file photo at the Foreign Literature Library in Moscow, Jan Wallenberg unveils a monument to his relative Raoul Wallenberg.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Clues are emerging about the mysteries surrounding Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews from death in the Holocaust. Documents related to a super-secret US intelligence agency known as "the Pond"—which Wallenberg may have worked with—will be released later this year. The AP explores the enduring puzzle of the Swedish Schindler.

Wallenberg was arrested by the Soviets in 1945, and the official position of the Russian government is that he died in custody in 1947. But speculation that he may have survived much longer, even into the 1980s, has never abated. "There is no fully reliable proof of what happened to Raoul Wallenberg," a 2001 Swedish government report said.