Archivist Contests Kremlin on Possession of Dossier on Holocaust Hero

Raoul Wallenberg, a diplomat during the Holocaust, saved thousands of Jews in Hungary before he disappeared in the custody of Soviet secret police.  He has been considered a hero but definitive information on his demise was never acknowledged by the Soviet government.  Now, Anatoly Prokopenko, former chief of the Soviet Special Archive, has told the Associated Press that he believes the Kremlin has been hiding files on Wallenberg concerning the diplomat’s arrest and death.

Prokopenko has since been fired from his post since his discovery of the file and attempts to reveal the information. The corrupt handling of the file (during the time of Glasnost, no less, when Prokopenko was encouraging researchers to pursue the Wallenberg topic) conveys the need for more transparency in Russia…

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