This is the diplomatic passport of Raoul Wallenberg

On 6 February 1957, the Soviet government released a document dated 17 July 1947, which stated “I report that the prisoner Wallenberg who is well-known to you, died suddenly in his cell this night, probably as a result of a heart attack or heart failure. Pursuant to the instructions given by you that I personally have Wallenberg under my care, I request approval to make an autopsy with a view to establishing the cause of death… I have personally notified the minister and it has been ordered that the body be cremated without an autopsy. The document was signed by Smoltsov, then the head of the Lubyanka prison infirmary, and addressed to Viktor Abakumov, the Soviet minister of state security. In 1989, Wallenberg’s personal belongings were returned to his family, including his passport and cigarette case. Soviet officials said they found the materials when they were upgrading the shelves in a storeroom.

In 1991, Vyacheslav Nikonov was charged by the Russian government to investigate Wallenberg’s fate. He concluded that Wallenberg died in 1947, executed while a prisoner in Lubyanka. He may have been a victim of the C-2 poison (carbylamine-choline-chloride) tested at the poison laboratory of the Soviet secret services.

In Moscow in 2000, Alexander Nikolaevich Yakovlev announced that Wallenberg had been executed in 1947 in Lubyanka prison. He claimed that Vladimir Kryuchkov, the former Soviet secret police chief, told him about the shooting in a private conversation. The statement did not explain why Wallenberg was killed or why the government had lied about it. General Pavel Sudoplatov claimed that Raoul Wallenberg died after being poisoned by Grigory Mairanovsky, a notorious NKVD assassin. In 2000, Russian prosecutor Vladimir Ustinov signed a verdict posthumously rehabilitating Wallenberg and his driver, Langfelder, as “victims of political repression”. A number of files pertinent to Wallenberg were turned over to the chief rabbi of Russia by the Russian government in September 2007. The items were slated to be housed at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, which opened in 2012.

In August 2016, new information about Wallenberg’s death came to light when the diary of KGB head, Ivan A. Serov, surfaced after Serov’s granddaughter found the diary hidden in a wall of her house. “I have no doubts that Wallenberg was liquidated in 1947,” Serov wrote.

This is the diplomatic passport of Raoul Wallenberg
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The diplomatic passport of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat credited with saving tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust, is seen at the home of his half-sister Nina Lagergren in Stockholm, Sweden. The Russians gave the passport to Lagergren in 1989 along with his telephone diaries, money and other papers seized from him. Lagergren has been campaigning to learn the fate of Wallenberg, who was arrested by the Soviets in Jan. 1945, six months after he arrived in Budapest to begin his rescue mission. She believes he spent decades in Soviet prisons and psychiatric institutions.

This is the diplomatic passport of Raoul Wallenberg
Swedish Army Museum

 

This is the diplomatic passport of Raoul Wallenberg
Stockholm, Jewish Museum