Wallenberg Publications


Birstein, V. J. The Secret of Cell Number Seven: Did an ‘Extremely Important Prisoner,’ Raoul Wallenberg, Died from a Natural Cause? Nezavisimaya Gazeta [Independent Newspaper], April 25, 1991 [in Russian; translated into Polish: Birstein, W. Kiedy zginal Wallenberg? Gazeta Wyborsza, no. 165 (634), 17/08/91, s. 9].

Birstein, V. J. Around Raoul Wallenberg: His Connections, Relatives, Cell Mates. A report to the New York Wallenberg Committee. 99 pp. (unpublished manuscript).

Birstein, V. J. Where Did 20,000 Americans Disappear to? Nezavisimaya Gazeta [Independent Newspaper], August 8, 1991 (in Russian).


Birstein, V. Interrogations in Lubyanka, Novoe Vremya [New Times], no. 1: 40-44 (in Russian).


Birstein, V. The Mystery of Raoul Wallenberg’s Death, Evreiskie novosti [The Jewish News; newspaper], no. 2 (July 2002), p. 6 (in Russian).


Birstein, Vadim and Susanne Berger. Press Release about Questions Concerning Prisoner No. 7, dated April 1, 2010. To read reporting on this important archival discovery see The New York TimesArchives Throw Doubt on Wallenberg Death Date” the The TelegraphRussians ‘lied’ about death of diplomat who saved Jews from Holocaust.”

Birstein, Vadim. New turn in the Wallenberg Case, interview given to Vladimir Abarinov, Radio Svoboda/Liberty, April 3, 2010 (in Russian)

Vadim Birstein, Susanne Berger. FSB confirmed Raoul Wallenberg likely was Prisoner no. 7 (April 1, 2010), https://www.academia.edu/66452356/FSB_confirmed_Raoul_Wallenberg_likely_was_Prisoner_no_7


Birstein, Vadim and Susanne Berger. Surprised Again – New Documentation about Raoul Wallenberg’s Cellmate Surfaces. Press release, dated August 1, 2011. To read reporting on this discovery see The Telegraph “Russia “intentionally withheld” information on Raoul Wallenberg“, August 1, 2011 and UPI, “Book prompts questions in Walleberg case“, August 2, 2011.

Birstein, Vadim and Susanne Berger. Press release, dated September 27, 2011, in response to an AP article, September 26, 2011 “Wallenberg Possibly Outlived Death Date” by Vladimir Isachenkov.

Vadim Birstein, Susanne Berger. New Documentation about Raoul Wallenberg’s Cellmate Willy Roedel (August 1, 2011), https://www.academia.edu/66457129/New_Documentation_about_Raoul_Wallenbergs_Cellmate_Willy_Roedel


Birstein, Vadim and Susanne Berger. The Fate of Raoul Wallenberg: Gaps in Our Current Knowledge. Paper presented at the international conference “Raoul Wallenberg, a 20th Century Hero.” Moscow, May 28, 2012.

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. Not a “Nobody”: Choice of Raoul Wallenberg in 1944 Not Accidental, March 12, 2012.

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. Raoul Wallenberg var inget oskrivet blad. Dagens Nyheter [a newspaper], April 12, 2012 (in Swedish).

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. The KGB Acted To Stop the Investigation Into Raoul Wallenberg’s Fate in 1991. Press Release, January 1, 2012. For press reaction to this discovery see BBC News, “Sweden to hold new inquiry into Wallenberg death” and Haaretz, “New Evidence Backs Claims KGB Stopped Probe into Holocaust Hero“, January 17, 2012.


Birstein, Vadim, and Susanne Berger. Russia Continues to Obscure Facts in the Wallenberg Case, www.newsmill.se, April 13, 2013.

Berger S. and V. Birstein. Russia’s Constitutional Court Ruling may provide new Impetus in the Continuing Search for Raoul Wallenberg’s Fate (March 9, 2013), https://www.raoul-wallenberg.eu/articles/constitutional-court/ 

Berger, Susanne, and Vadim Birstein. Russia, Sweden, Should Find Truth on Wallenberg. The Moscow Times [a newspaper], Issue 5122, May 7, 2013.

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. A Memorial More Durable than Marble” (2013), presented at the Mauermuseum (the “Checkpoint Charlie” museum) in Berlin on the occasion of the Rainer Hildebrandt Medal being awarded to Guy von Dardel and Nina Lagergren, the half-brother and half-sister of Raoul Wallenberg.


Birstein Vadim and Susanne Berger. Das Schicksal von Raoul Wallenberg – Die Wissenslüken. In: Auf den Spuren Wallenbergs, Stefan Karner (Hg.). Innsbruck: Studien Verlag, 2015. S. 117–140.

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. Summary version – An Inquiry Steered from the top? Twenty-five years later, still many loose ends in three major Cold War cases (March 1, 2015),   https://www.academia.edu/11565203/Summary_version_An_Inquiry_Steered_From_The_Top_Twenty_five_years_later_still_many_loose_ends_in_three_major_Cold_War_cases

Berger, Susanne, and Vadim Birstein. “Blasieholmsgatan’s Secrets” (2015).

Berger, Susanne, C.G. McKay, and Vadim Birstein. Raoul Wallenberg’s Secret German Contacts (January 14, 2015).


Birstein, Vadim. Raoul Wallenberg in Ivan Serov’s Memoir.

Birstein, Vadim. The Wallenberg Chapter: Serov’s Original Typed Manuscript Translated

Birstein, Vadim and Susanne Berger. Pending Questions about Documentation on the Raoul Wallenberg Case in the Russian Archives. Questionnaire in English and Russian presented at the International Roundtable on the Raoul Wallenberg case, Raoul Wallenberg, Moscow, International “Memorial” Society, September 22, 2016. 34 pp.:

  1. Long version in English
  2. Short version in English

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. Sweden and the Raoul Wallenberg Case: Fatal Pragmatism. Göteborgs Handels – och Sjöfartstidning, September 22, 2016 (in Swedish); English version:  https://www.academia.edu/28652031/G%C3%B6teborgs_Handels_och_Sj%C3%B6fartstidning_Sweden_and_the_Raoul_Wallenberg_Case_Fatal_Pragmatism

Birstein, Vadim and Susanne Berger. A Cold War execution most foul? Too Early to Close the Books on the Wallenberg CaseWar on Rocks, September 28, 2016.

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. Why a death certificate doesn’t resolve the mystery of Holocaust Hero Wallenberg. The Moscow Times, October 31, 2016, https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2016/10/31/wallenberg-a55939

Vadim Birstein. The Wallenberg Chapter: Serov’s Original Typed Manuscript Translated (2016), https://www.academia.edu/66741246/The_Wallenberg_Chapter_Serovs_Original_Typed_Manuscript_Translated

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. Raoul Wallenberg and Mellaneuropeiska — Swedish economic “agents” in World War II.


Birstein, Vadim. U.S. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Introduces H. Res. 58 Supporting Research into Wallenberg’s Fate

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. Raoul Wallenberg: Getting to the core of the mystery. The Jerusalem Post. January 26, 2017.

Birstein, Vadim. In Cell Number 7 , interview given to Dmitry Volchek, Radio Svoboda/Liberty, July 29, 2017 (in Russian)

Birstein, Vadim. Third Raoul Wallenberg Roundtable. Stockholm, September 14–15, 2017

Birstein, Vadim. Raoul Wallenberg Family Sues

Birstein, Vadim. Russian Court Denies Wallenberg Family Request

Vadim Birstein, Susanne Berger. Raoul Wallenberg Not an Accidental Choice for Hungary (2017), https://www.academia.edu/66458530/Raoul_Wallenberg_Not_an_Accidental_Choice_for_Hungary


Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. Raoul Wallenberg – Not an Accident Choice for Hungary in 1944. In: July 1944: Deportation of the Jews of Budapest Foiled, edited by Géza Jeszenszky.  Saint Helena (CA): Helena History Press.

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. The family of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg seeks answers to lingering questions about his fate with a new inquiry in Sweden, March 27, 2018, https://www.academia.edu/36283912/The_family_of_Swedish_diplomat_Raoul_Wallenberg_seeks_answers_to_lingering_questions_about_his_fate_with_a_new_inquiry_in_Sweden

Birstein, Vadim. Moscow City Court Upholds FSB’s Refusal to Release Raoul Wallenberg Documents

Birstein, Vadim. Radio Liberty Interview Digs into SMERSH and the Wallenberg Case, interview given to Dmitry Volchek, Radio Svoboda/Liberty, May 12, 2018

  1. In Russian
  2. In English


Birstein, Vadim. The Wallenberg Case: General Sudoplatov’s Lies and the Silence of the FSB . Interview with Vadim Birstein by Dmitry Volchek (Radio Svoboda/Liberty), July 17, 2019, Russian: https://www.svoboda.org/a/30040326.html, English: https://www.vbirstein.com/2019/07/17/sudaplatovs-lies/

Susanne Berger, Vadim Birstein. Humanistic Philosophy in Action. The Jerusalem Post, July 1, 2019, https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Humanistic-philosophy-in-action-594308

Vadim Birstein, Susanne Berger. Rysk officer ljõg om att Wallenberg avrättats med gift [Russian officer lied about Wallenberg being executed with poison]. Svenska Dagbladet, July 7, 2019, https://www.svd.se/rysk-officer-ljog-om-att-wallenberg-avrattats-med-gift

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. Former Soviet State Security Official Lt. General Pavel Sudoplatov lied about the alleged poisoning death of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. Press Release (July 7, 2019),  https://www.academia.edu/39768056/RWI_70_Press_Release_Soviet_State_Security_Official_Lt_General_Pavel_Sudoplatov_lied_about_the_alleged_poisoning_death_of_Swedish_diplomat_Raoul_Wallenberg

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. Varför förhalar UD utredning om Wallenberg? [Why is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs delaying an investigation into Wallenberg?] Svenska Dagbladet, August 28, 2019 (in Swedish),  https://www.svd.se/varforforhalar-ud-utredningen-om-raoul-wallenberg?fbclid=IwAR3hOZp6QxjMUQOlP2qXr2JJhB-U4PmofFidyYD9gFD6naRolHOZaV_Up6I

Susanne Berger, Vadim Birstein. Why do Swedish officials stall the Raoul Wallenberg investigation (August 27, 2019), https://www.academia.edu/67451163/Why_do_Swedish_officials_stall_the_Raoul_Wallenberg_investigation


Birštein, Vadim. “SMERŠ: slaptas Stalino ginclas” [SMERSH: Stalin’s Secret Weapon]. Vilnius: Briedis. 832 pp. (in Lithuanian)

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. FSB archivists express doubt about the official Soviet version of Raoul Wallenberg’s death. The former archivist Col. Vladimir Vinogradov confirmed in 2011 that Raoul Wallenberg was held as Prisoner no. 7 in Lubyanka Prison in 1947 (April 17, 2020), https://www.academia.edu/41659351/FSB_archivists_express_doubt_about_the_official_Soviet_version_of_Raoul_Wallenbergs_death_The_former_FSB_Archivist_Col_Vladimir_Vinogradov_confirmed_in_2011_that_Raoul_Wallenberg_was_held_as_Prisoner_no_7_in_Lubyanka_Prison_in_1947 

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein.  The 1943–1944 Secret Swedish-Hungarian Intelligence SharingAgreement and Its Possible Implications for the Case of Swedish Diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. Eschenlohe (Germany): Buxus Edition, 2020, https://www.academia.edu/49229154/The_Secret_Swedish_Hungarian_Intelligence_Sharing_Agreement_1943_44_Possible_Implications_for_the_Raoul_Wallenberg_Case?auto_accept_coauthor=true

Susanne Berger, Vadim Birstein. Open Letter from Raoul Wallenberg’s family to Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde (January 27, 2020), https://www.academia.edu/41750415/Open_Letter_from_Raoul_Wallenbergs_family_to_Swedish_Foreign_Minister_Ann_Linde


Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. Why did Raoul Wallenberg ask to go to Moscow in January 1945 (January 17, 2021), https://www.rwi-70.de/why-did-raoul-wallenberg-ask-to-go-to-moscow-in-january-1945/

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. Staffan Soderblom’s severe guilt complex (April 17, 2021), https://www.rwi-70.de/staffan-soederbloms-severe-guilt-complex/

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. New study suggests Sweden was uninterested in Raoul Wallenberg’s release. The Jerusalem Post, April 17, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/new-study-suggests-sweden-was-uninterested-in-raoul-wallenbergs-release-665446

Berger, Susanne and Vadim Birstein. Why members of Raoul Wallenberg’s family and researchers are calling for a new, independent investigation in the Raoul Wallenberg case (May 27, 2021), https://www.academia.edu/49065400/Why_members_of_Raoul_Wallenbergs_family_and_researchers_are_calling_for_a_new_independent_investigation_in_the_Raoul_Wallenberg_case

Vadim Birstein. Once More on Ivan Serov’s Chapter on Wallenberg: Two Versions (2021), https://www.academia.edu/68457225/Once_More_on_Ivan_Serovs_Chapter_on_Wallenberg_Two_Versions.

Susanne Berger, Vadim Birstein. Presentation to the Swedish Parliament, August 26, 2021. Session I. The Swedish government’s profound passivity in the Wallenberg case 1945-1947, https://www.academia.edu/86480370/Presentation_to_the_Swedish_Parliament_re_Wallenberg_August_2021_Session_I.

Vadim Birstein, Susanne Berger. Presentation to the Swedish Parliament, August 26, 2021. Session II. An Inquiry Steered from The Top? Important Gaps in the Official Russian Wallenberg Case Record, https://www.academia.edu/86480744/Presentation_to_the_Swedish_Parliament_re_Wallenberg_August_26_2021_Session_II.

Vadim Birstein, Susanne Berger. Sudoplatov’s 1994 Notes on Raoul Wallenberg. Part I. Translation from the Russian. Part 2. Comments (Vadim Birstein) (2019/2021), https://www.academia.edu/66134174/Sudoplatov_s_1994_Notes_on_Raoul_Wallenberg


Susanne Berger, Vadim Birstein.”75-years secrecy restrictions concerning key documents in the Raoul Wallenberg case set to expire in Russia” (The Jerusalem Post, June 15, 2022), https://www.academia.edu/81616210/75_years_secrecy_restrictions_concerning_key_documents_in_the_Raoul_Wallenberg_case_set_to_expire_in_Russia.

Susanne Berger, Vadim Birstein. “A High Degree of Confidentiality Would Result in Increased Openness” (August 2, 2022), https://www.academia.edu/84051641/_A_High_Degree_of_Confidentiality_Would_Result_in_Increased_Openness_New_insights_from_the_official_Raoul_Wallenberg_case_file_in_the_Swedish_Ministry_of_Foreign_Affairs.

Susanne Berger, Vadim Birstein. “Secrecy restrictions on key Wallenberg documents to expire – opinion.” The Jerusalem Post, June 15, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-709497

Vadim Birstein. Statements of Ex-SMERSH Officer Boris Solovov about the Raoul Wallenberg Case (August 2022), https://www.academia.edu/85631628/Statements_of_Ex_SMERSH_Officer_Boris_Solovov_about_the_Raoul_Wallenberg_Case