Wallenberg remembered in Budapest
Friday, August 5, 2005, 12:56
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved the lives of thousands of Jewish people during WW II was commemorated in Budapest on Thursday, on the 93rd anniversary of his birth. At the ceremony, representatives of the Hungarian Jewish communities, officials of the embassies of the United States, Austria and Sweden as well as members of the Raoul Wallenberg society laid wreaths in front of his memorial. Wallenberg served as a secretary of the Swedish embassy in Budapest at the time of Nazi terror and, putting his own life at risk, helped Jewish people by providing them with false passports and certificates of admittance to Sweden. He left Budapest on January 17, 1945, planning to travel to Debrecen in eastern Hungary, but never arrived. He was known to have been apprehended by Soviet
authorities, but to this day his fate remains a mystery.