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May explain why Russians arrested the famous diplomat

Wallenberg carrying gold and jewels when arrested

When Raoul Wallenberg, the famous businessman and diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, was apprehended by the Russians in Budapest in 1945 he was carrying 15 kilos of gold and jewels. This may be the reason he was arrested, writes Russia expert Bengt Jangfeldt, whose biography of Wallenberg will be published soon.

"This is a reaonsable interpretation. The Russians thought Wallenberg was keeping the Nazi gold from the Red Army," Jangfeldt told Svenska Dagbladet.

Raoul Wallenberg saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust. According to Jangfeldt the rescue action included saving the valuable objects given to Wallenberg for safe holding.

Until now an explanation as to why Wallenberg was arrested and never released has eluded historians.

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