Sweden launches probe into fate of Holocaust hero

January 18, 2012 19:37

STOCKHOLM - Sweden has commissioned a new inquiry into the fate of Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis during World War Two but disappeared after being arrested by advancing Soviet troops in 1945.

The decision on the new probe into the Swedish diplomat came as Sweden this year commemorates the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Anna Charlotta Johansson, spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, said the probe would be conducted by Hans Magnusson, a diplomat who led a joint Swedish-Russian group in 1991-2001 that tried to find out what happened to Wallenberg.

The probe "would look into whether there is any new information available, or that can be found, on what happened to Raoul Wallenberg".

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