Sweden declares WW II hero Raoul Wallenberg officially dead

FILE PHOTO Swedish diplomat and World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg  is shown in this undated handout photo. Russia for the first time conceded Friday, December 22, 2000, that Soviet authorities wrongfully persecuted Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews from being sent to Nazi concentration camps before dying in a Soviet prison. (AP Photo/Pressens Bild)
FILE PHOTO Swedish diplomat and World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg is shown in this undated handout photo. Russia for the first time conceded Friday, December 22, 2000, that Soviet authorities wrongfully persecuted Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews from being sent to Nazi concentration camps before dying in a Soviet prison. (AP Photo/Pressens Bild)

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Swedish authorities have formally pronounced World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg dead, 71 years after he disappeared in Hungary.

The Swedish diplomat, credited with helping at least 20,000 Hungarian Jews escape the Holocaust, is believed to have died in Soviet captivity, though the time and circumstances of his death remain unresolved.

The Swedish Tax Authority, which registers births and deaths in Sweden, confirmed a report Monday in newspaper Expressen that Wallenberg had been pronounced dead.


 

Original Story (AP ALERT):

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Sweden declares WWII hero Raoul Wallenberg dead, 71 years after he disappeared in Hungary.

 

 

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