From a Dacha Wall, a Clue to Raoul Wallenberg’s Cold War Fate

MOSCOW — The 1945 disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg — a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi gas chambers — ranks among the most enduring mysteries of World War II.

Suspicion for the snatching of Wallenberg off the streets near Budapest fell almost immediately on the Soviet Union. To the Soviets occupying Budapest, the ties that Wallenberg had forged with senior Nazis and Americans smelled like espionage, with rescuing Jews an implausible cover story. But his disappearance went unexplained, right through the Gorbachev era of glasnost and the chaos after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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    may his memory be a blessing

  • simus1

    Leonid Brezhnev was rumoured to have gone after Wallenberg in Budapest as a priority because he, Brezhnev, was a car nut and thought Wallenberg’s vehicle was
    a real prize to add to his collection.
    Whether he got overambitious and stuck too big a frame on Wallenberg or stalin was
    going to kill him from the get go to see off Sweden in particular and the west in general is totally murky so far.

  • This might be as concrete as it gets.

    The treasure trove of lies in the KGB archives (the agency to which Putin belonged) would curl one’s hair.

    Wallenberg must be spinning in his secret grave if he knew how badly his Sweden turned out.