U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, has introduced just released House Resolution 58 into the 115 Congress calling on Russia to open their archives to assist Wallenberg researchers to finally settle the question of Raoul Wallenberg’s fate. Ros-Lehtinen, together with Rep. Nina Lowey (D-NY) jointly released a press release on January 24, 2017 detailing the effort, quoted below.
The text of the Resolution included a long number of questions extracted from the list of questions to the Russian archives compiled by Susanne Berger and myself (our names are mentioned on p. 9 of the Resolution).
January 24, 2017
For more information:
Keith Fernandez (Ros-Lehtinen), 202-225-8200
Roy Loewenstein (Lowey), 202-225-6506
Ros-Lehtinen, Lowey Seek Answers Into 72 Year-Old Mystery, Introduce Bipartisan Measure Regarding the Fate of Raoul Wallenberg
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, made the following statement after introducing H.Res. 58 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding unanswered questions into the fate of Raoul Wallenberg. Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Lowey were joined in introducing this bipartisan resolution by Reps. Pete Roskam (R-IL), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Kay Granger (R-TX). Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“For over 70 years, the mystery of what really happened to Raoul Wallenberg has haunted the memories of his loved ones, of the countless he saved from the horrors of the Holocaust, and of the many who have fought tirelessly to uncover the truth. We have honored his courage and his humanitarian spirit over the years, and now we have a chance to honor his memory by bringing closure to this tragedy. I want to personally thank Marie Dupuy and Louise von Dardel, nieces of Raoul Wallenberg, for their cooperation and support for this initiative and for continuing the tireless efforts of Raoul’s parents, Maj and Fredrik von Dardel. I also want to thank the many, many researchers and volunteers who have never stopped seeking the truth, particularly Dr. Vadim Birstein and Susanne Berger. It is my most sincere hope that this resolution will help finally resolve one of the most tragic mysteries of the 20th century by bringing it the attention it deserves.
Statement by Lowey:
“Raoul Wallenberg was one of the world’s unsung heroes during the darkest chapter in human history, and we must continue to demand answers regarding his tragic disappearance and death. It’s the least we can do for a man who risked everything to save tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, including our late colleague Congressman Tom Lantos. Part of Tom’s legacy instructs each of us to never rest in the pursuit of justice. That is why Congress must continue to press Russia to resolve the outstanding questions regarding Raoul Wallenberg’s fate and finally bring closure to the family and loved ones of this truly remarkable man.”
NOTE: January 17, 2017 marked the 72ndanniversary of the last time anyone saw Raoul Wallenberg as a free man. For over seven decades, members of Raoul Wallenberg’s family and countless researchers and volunteers have worked to solve the mystery surrounding Raoul Wallenberg’s fate. Mr. Wallenberg has been credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, or more, through his efforts during the Holocaust, including the only Holocaust survivor ever to serve in the United States Congress, the late Tom Lantos. In 1981, Raoul Wallenberg was bestowed honorary United States citizenship.