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November 1, 2016

Raoul Wallenberg is officially dead

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 1:01 pm

In this news report, you can read about Raoul Wallenberg being officially declared to be dead : http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37824692

Raoul Wallenberg was a famous Holocaust hero, who disappeared many years ago, after saving Hungarian Jews by issuing them passports to other countries.

Why did he disappear? No one knows.

The plight of the Hungarian Jews had first come to the attention of the world when, on April 7, 1944, two Jewish prisoners, Rudolf Vrba, aka Walter Rosenberg, and Alfred Wetzler, had managed to escape from Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous concentration camp where gas chambers were allegedly located.

After their escape, Vrba and Rosenberg both made their way back to Slovakia, where Vrba’s mother was still living,

On the same day that the last mass transport of Hungarian Jews arrived at Auschwitz, in 1944, Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat, was assigned to the Swedish legation in Budapest. Wallenberg was actually working as an agent for the American War Refugee Board, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt had established in January 1944 at the request of Henry Morgenthau, Jr., the Secretary of the Treasury.

Wallenberg saved thousands of Hungarian Jews by providing them with an illegal protective passport (Schutz-Pass) which identified them as Swedish subjects living in Hungary.

Wallenberg set up safe houses for Jewish refugees in Budapest which were paid for by the Swedish embassy. Some of the Jewish refugees were housed in the Swedish legation in Budapest.

As a result of Wallenberg’s efforts, as many as 200,000 Hungarian Jews were saved, including Tom Lantos, who emigrated to America after the war and subsequently became a US Congressman.

Wallenberg had last been seen on January 17, 1945, the day that Hungary was liberated by the Soviet Union.

Ten years later, the Soviet Union released the information that Wallenberg, who could speak Russian, had been arrested as a spy and had been imprisoned in a Soviet gulag; Wallenberg allegedly died in captivity.

The Hungarian government and Admiral Horthy had been informed that Vrba and Wetzler had proof that Jews were being gassed at Auschwitz.

Vrba, who had worked at the Judenrampe, the train platform where the Jews disembarked before the railroad line was extended, had counted the number of Jews who arrived at Birkenau and were then never seen again.

Two other prisoners, Arnost Rosin and Czeslaw Mordowicz, also escaped from Auschwitz at the end of May and wrote a report which told about the beginning of the “Hungarian Action” and the mass murder of the Jews.

The Hungarian government and Admiral Horthy were informed that Vrba and Wetzler had proof that the Jews were being gassed at Auschwitz. Vrba, who worked at the Judenrampe, the train platform where the Jews disembarked before the railroad line was extended, had counted the number of Jews who arrived at Birkenau and were then never seen again. Vrba’s estimate was that 1,765,000 Jews had been gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau by March 1944, just before he made his escape.

Two other prisoners, Arnost Rosin and Czeslaw Mordowicz, also escaped from Auschwitz at the end of May and wrote a report which told about the beginning of the “Hungarian Action” and the mass murder of the Jews.