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Today in Jewish History - January 17 / Tevet 20

1945 January 17, RAOUL WALLENBERG (Hungary)

Raoul Wallenberg
The Swedish diplomat disappeared in Budapest two days after it was liberated. Eyewitnesses last saw him in the company of two Russian soldiers. Wallenberg was instrumental in saving tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis. The Russians claim that he died in a Russian prison on July 17, 1947. There are many witnesses who claim they saw him in prison years later.


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