Monday, October 31, 2016
Swedish Authorities Finally Declare "The Swedish Schindler" Raoul Wallenberg Dead
Via Business Insider: The Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg saved the lifes of tens of thousands Jews in Hungary during the Second World War. For this he was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the USA in 2012, recognizing his heroic actions during the Holocaust. He was awarded the prize in absence, because his whereabouts have been a mystery for more than seven decades. Raoul Wallenberg served as a special envoy for Sweden in the Hungarian capital of Budapest in the end of 1944. In this role he issued passports and sheltered Jews from the Nazi regime and fascist collaborators. In the chaotic ending phase of the war, he was arrested by Soviet troops, on suspicion of espionage, and he has been missing for 71 years. Soviet authorities have stated that the Swedish diplomat died in prison in Moscow in 1947. But many people, including his family, have questioned this. Legally, he has been considered alive in Sweden, since he has never been officially declared dead. On the 26 October 2016, though, the Swedish Tax Agency declared Raoul Wallenberg to be dead, according to the Swedish news paper Aftonbladet. The Swedish Tax Agency writes that they consider him to have died on July 31, 1952. Raoul Wallenberg was an Honorary Citizen of the United states, the second person after Winston Churchill, to receive such a designation. He was also an honorary citizen of Canada, Hungary, Australia, and Israel.