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Raoul Wallenberg Honored in The Wall Street Journal

Raoul Wallenberg, B.Arch.'35, has been honored in The Wall Street Journal for his heroic deeds during World War II. The article describes Wallenberg: "The world now knows the missing Swede as a symbol of humanitarianism -- an honorary citizen in four countries, commemorated with stamps in eight, and monuments in 12, the subject of scores of films and books."

What was not known until now is the story of Wallenberg's family and its struggles to find him and to reveal answers. The struggle continues even today: "Unknown...is the price [Wallenberg's] family paid as it tried in vain to bring him home. For six decades, his parents and siblings battled Moscow and their native Stockholm, mounting a search for answers that cost them their savings, careers, relationships, health, and, concealed until now, two of their lives.

"Also unknown, even to the Swedish foreign ministry -- whose file on Mr. Wallenberg dwarfs its record of any king, colony, or war -- is that the family documented its struggle. Mr. Wallenberg's late mother and stepfather, who died two days apart in 1979, kept a diary. His half-brother, Guy von Dardel, now 89, compiled a 50,000-page archive.

"Together with hundreds of interviews, the family's thousands of journal entries, letters, and documents -- most read for the first time by The Wall Street Journal -- lay bare the toll of an unending quest."

Read the article: "The Wallenberg Curse: The Search for the Missing Holocaust Hero Began in 1945. The Unending Quest Tore His Family Apart"

Mar 3, 2009


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