NEW YORK (Jan. 20)
International hearings will be held in Stockholm May 2-3 to examine new information about the fate of Raoul Wallenberg, the long-missing Swedish diplomat, Guy von Dardel, Wallenberg’s half-brother, reported Friday at a press conference at the Swedish Cultural Center here.
Von Dardel said he had been in Israel and Moscow investigating new leads and interviewing Soviet authorities about Wallenberg who, as a Swedish diplomat, helped to save the lives of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis during World War II. Wallenberg was arrested by the Red Army in 1945 and has not been heard from since. In 1947, when inquiries were made by the Swedish government, the Soviet Union said he was not in Russia and said he had probably died during the fighting in Budapest.
Since then, information indicating Wallenberg is alive has emerged and the Stockholm hearings will seek to update all such information, von Dardel said. Sponsored by the Swedish Committee to Free Raoul Wallenberg, the Stockholm hearings will be a joint undertaking with the international Sokbarov Hearings. Participants at the Stockholm hearings will include Gideon Housner, prosecutor of Adolph Eichmann; British MP Greville Janner; and Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
Others at the press conference here were Bengt Friedman, Swedish Consul General; actor Elie Wiesel; actress Vivica Lindfors, and Bess Myerson, and members of the Wallenberg committee; learn Biorck-Kaplan, chairperson, and Elizabeth Moynihan, secretary of the Working Group of the Wallenberg Committee.