Sweden launches probe on fate of Holocaust hero Wallenberg

January 18, 2012 19:53

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.

Russia has said Wallenberg was found dead in his cell in Moscow in July 17 1947, but no evidence for that has been published.

Independent researchers say there is proof he was alive days later and that he may well have lived longer, but that Russia has persistently denied access to files that may shed light, and that Sweden has not put enough pressure on Russia.

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