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Oral history interview with Per Anger

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.1 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0001

Per Anger, a Swedish diplomat, describes being assigned to the Swedish Legation in Budapest, Hungary as Secretary for Trade in late 1942; the growing antisemitism in Hungary during that time; the Legation’s response to Jewish pleas for help when Germany invaded Hungary in March 1944 as well as Raoul Wallenberg’s additional efforts upon his arrival in July 1944, a position resulting from negotiations between the American War Refugee Board, World Jewish Congress, and American Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden; the many ways in which Sweden was involved in helping Jews in Hungary and why they were involved; his last meeting with Wallenberg just before his disappearance on January 17, 1945; the terrors of the Russian occupation; returning home with the other diplomats in April 1945; his attempts to enlist Sweden’s help in finding Wallenberg and the accounts of eye-witnesses who had had contact with Wallenberg in Soviet prisons; his suspicion that the Soviets suspected Wallenberg of being a spy because of his contacts with Iver Olsen of the War Refugee Board; and authoring the book “With Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest” (published in 1981).

Interviewee
Per Anger
Date
1986 October 21  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, gift of the Holocaust Oral History Archive of Gratz College
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