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War hero Wallenberg officially declared dead

Published måndag 31 oktober 2016 kl 16.27
Raoul Wallenberg at his office in Budapest.
Raoul Wallenberg at his office in Budapest. File Photo: TT. Credit: PRESSENS BILD

Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews at the end of the Second World War and whose whereabouts had been a mystery for decades, has officially been declared dead by the Swedish Tax Agency.

The newspaper Expressen was first to report that Wallenberg’s date of death is deemed to be 31 July 1952.

Wallenberg worked at the Swedish embassy in Hungarian capital Budapest during the war and saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust by giving them Swedish passports, offering them protection from the Nazis.

He was arrested by the Soviet Union in 1945 with the Russians later saying he had died in a Soviet prison two years later. However, that claim was never proved and his fate has been a mystery for more than half a century.

Wallenberg's family have long been sceptical about what actually happened to him and last year called on the Tax Agency to officially declare him dead.

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