March 17, 2014



Sir, – Raoul Wallenberg’s niece, Marie Dupuy, raises a strong and valid demand on behalf of her family (“Wallenberg’s family demands access to key documents in his case,” Comment & Features, March 12).

The central archives of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) should allow unfettered access to documentation that could shed light into the fate of her uncle, one of the greatest rescuers in the history of mankind. The fact that almost 70 years after Wallenberg’s abduction and disappearance the Russians are still reluctant to offer access to vital information is absolutely mind-boggling.

For many years now, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has stood by Prof. Guy von Dardel, his widow, Matti, and his daughters Louise and Marie in their just quest to secure reliable answers to this tragic affair. Their noble perseverance is a source of inspiration for us.

Our commitment to bring closure to this plight is relentless. In this context, in a meeting we held with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, we announced a 500,000-Euro reward to any person or entity that could provide reliable information that can be verified by scientific methods about the fate of Wallenberg and his chauffeur, Vilmos Langfelder.

We feel it is our duty to remember Raoul Wallenberg as a hero and a victim. Therefore, we focus on education, trying to instill his spirit in the young generations and striving to solve the mystery of his disappearance.

New York

The writers are chairman and founder, respectively, of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation