Raoul Wallenberg in his office in Budapest, Photo: Scanpix

Wallenberg gets posthumous American medal

American president Barack Obama has signed a bill awarding a Congressional gold medal posthumously to the late Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg.

Wallenberg, who would have been 100 years old on Saturday, saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews while stationed at the Swedish Embassy in Budapest during World War II. The award, the highest civilian honor granted by the American Congress, speaks of Raoul Wallenberg’s heroic acts during the Holocaust.

The Swede was arrested as a spy by the invading Red Army in 1945. The official report that he died of a heart attack in a Soviet prison in 1947 has been widely questioned.

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