Interagency Working Group (IWG)

Records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (RG 65)

Miscellaneous Records Relating to Raoul Wallenberg
Entry A1-136BG

Box 1 location: 230 86/19/2

This artificially created "series" consists of copies of selected records relating to Raoul Wallenberg. The FBI provided the copies to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at the request of NARA and the Nazi War Criminal Records Interagency Working Group (IWG). In 1944, the Swedish government assigned Wallenberg to its legation in Budapest, Hungary. He is credited with saving at least 20,000 Jews from the Nazis by supplying them with Swedish passports. He was arrested after the Soviet Army entered the city in January 1945. He apparently died in a Soviet prison camp in 1947. The Soviets denied knowing anything about Wallenberg until 1957, however, and the case became a cause celebre because of the uncertainty over Wallenberg's fate.

The documents in this series range from those directly relating to attempts to ascertain what happened to Wallenberg, to those that have nothing to do with him except mentioning his name. In the former category are reports of sightings of Wallenberg in Soviet prison camps, and accounts of Swedish attempts to get information from the Soviets. Chief among the latter category is a 52-page translation of Swedish newspaper articles concerning a 1956 case of Soviet espionage in Sweden. The scandal had absolutely nothing to do with Wallenberg, but his name is mentioned parenthetically as an example of past Soviet treachery. A couple of the documents contain summaries of Sweden's internal political situation.

Based on file numbers on the pages, it appears that the records in this series are File Classifications 62, 64, 65, 105, 109, 110, and 197 of the FBI Central Records System.