Sweden grants $65,000 to Wallenberg research

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Posted: Dec 01, 2011 6:47 AM
Sweden grants $65,000 to Wallenberg research

Sweden has awarded a grant of $65,000 to researchers attempting to unravel the fate of a World War II hero credited with rescuing tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.

Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg's fate has remained one of the great mysteries of World War II. He disappeared after being arrested by the Soviet army in Budapest in January 1945

The government Thursday said the money will be split between three Swedish researchers and one from Hungary.

The Soviets claimed Wallenberg was executed on July 17, 1947, but never produced a reliable death certificate or his remains.

Unverified witness accounts and new evidence from Russian archives that appeared in April suggest Wallenberg was still alive years later.