Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Well, well, well

Not only is it being officially acknowledged that the mass execution of Polish officers and civilians in Katyn and other places was actually done by the Soviet Union (more of that anon) but it seems that certain FSB documents indicate that Raoul Wallenberg may have been alive after his supposed execution for crimes unspecified.

This is not actually quite as suprising as Bruno Waterfield seems to think but then he, apparently, believes that the Wallenberg was arrested by the Soviets because of his supposed involvement with the American wartime secret service. I am not at all sure it has been acknowledged by anybody and the evidence for it is dubious to put it mildly. Could the arrest have had something to do with the fact that it was now the turn of the Soviets to commit atrocities in Hungary (and other countries) and they did not want an honourable witness whose word would be believed around? Just a suggestion.


  1. Berg, Lars G. The Book that Disappeared: What Happened in Budapest. New York: Vantage Press, 1990. (D 809 .S8 W322 1990) [Find in a library near you]
    An account of what happened in Budapest and at the Swedish Legation from August 1944 to March 1945 by one who worked closely with Wallenberg. Includes updates on Wallenberg’s disappearance as of the publication date. The title refers to this book’s mysterious removal from circulation soon after its publication in Sweden in 1949.

    According to the author it appears that the Soviet embassy put pressure on the publishers and bought up the first issue. The book was reissued in 1990. The reason the Soviets wanted to hide the book was probably not foremost the discussion about Raoul Wallenberg's disappearance, but the first hand report on what happened in Budapest during the first year of Soviet occupation.


  2. Thanks, Mikgen. You mentioned this book before and I tried to find a copy but couldn't. I shall make another attempt.