Thank you very much for the invitation to celebrate my uncle’s birthday. Unfortunately, I can not attend to it personally. Instead I will be with you in my heart and my thoughts.It is true, we do not know when and where he died. But I think that initiatives like the ones taken by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation are helping to keep him and his spirit alive in so many hearts all over the world. Thanks to them, young women and men are conscious that the courage of one person can lead to justice and peace. Isn’t that better than any grave?
Courage is also needed to liberate the truth. The faith of Raoul is still a mystery. We now have peaces of the puzzle, but do not see a global image. Why was he taken away, what happened to him during all those years in Russia, why was he not liberated? As we still do not have the facts to answer those questions, we can only make guesses.
I think that it would heal all of us who have been concerned by my uncle’s action, if all the persons, institutions and countries who still have facts or any documents concerning Raoul Wallenberg could take them out of their archives. His family and I think also, all the people who love and admire him, would be immensely grateful.
Louise von Dardel