Wallenberg’s Parents Committed Suicide
Despair over the fate of their son and the inefficiency of Swedish authorities drove Raoul Wallenberg’s mother and stepfather to suicide. The European version of the Wall Street Journal revealed on Monday the secret that Wallenberg’s siblings have been keeping since 1979.
Working in Budapest during the war Swedish diplomat Wallenberg issued false passports and housed Jews to keep them from deportation. In January 1945 he was arrested by Soviet forces entering the city. What happened to him after that is still a mystery - and for his family the seemingly endless search for information began.
Wallenberg was personally responsible for saving over 20 000 Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during World War II. Because of his heroic actions during the war he was made an honorary citizen in four European states, he has been immortalized on stamps in eight countries and monuments in twelve.
According to Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet Joshua Prager’s article “The Wallenberg Curse” shows that the family’s search cost them not only their savings, their social life, their health but ultimately their lives. When the despair became too much, Wallenberg’s mother and stepfather ended their lives with an overdose of sleeping pills. The article in the Wall Street Journal is also critical against the inability of the Swedish government and Foreign office to offer help in the search for information, according to Svenska Dagbladet.