The Raoul Wallenberg monument in Stockholm

Wallenberg relatives want US help

Relatives of Swedish Second World War hero Raoul Wallenberg are to hand over a letter to US President Obama tomorrow, asking him to keep trying to find out what happened to Wallenberg.

The Swedish diplomat saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews, by issuing them documents which looked like Swedish passports. He himself disappeared after Soviet troops invaded Budapest, and according to the Soviet authorities at the time, died in a Moscow prison in 1947 from a heart attack.

However, his relatives do not believe that story, and want the US to raise the issue directly with the Russians, news agency TT reports.

Obama will meet the relatives tomorrow in conjunction with a visit to Stockholm's Synagogue, and nearby Wallenberg memorial.

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