A.M. SLAVIK, Research Associate
A.M. Slavik has served as the Independent Investigation’s Research Associate under a series of grants since October of 2010. A talented writer and actor, Aaron first learned of the Wallenberg mystery when Susan Mesinai, hearing his family name for the first time, asked if he were related to Henryk Slawik, a Polish diplomat who saved 30,000 Poles in Hungary prior to the German occupation in March 1944 and Raoul Wallenberg’s subsequent arrival that July.
A graduate of the University of New Mexico, A. M. Slavik’s final studies were on the Anasazi, a nation of the Southwest Native Americans who knew no war and whose burial grounds have never been discovered. His subsequent discussions about the Wallenberg case with Dr. Marvin W. Makinen, Tom Bird and Susan Mesinai reawakened Aaron’s interest in history. He looks forward to the time when, on a graduate level, he can systematically study the events in Budapest during World War II and the fate of many of those taken captive in Eastern Europe who disappeared into the Soviet Gulag
Aaron’s gifts as a problem-solver with a hunter’s instinct and remarkable grasp of patterning and detail have already had a strong impact on the pursuit of Wallenberg’s actual fate. His discovery of “Dual Placements” in Korpus 2 which would enable Vladimir prison authorities to conceal “unlisted” special prisoners, such as Wallenberg, in a cell for several years marks a critical turning point in the research made possible by Dr. Marvin W. Makinen and Ari Kaplan’s data base study.
A. M. Slavik’s on-going pursuit of this system and how it operates has already made it possible to confirm a number of eyewitness reports that were previously contradicted by the data of the Korpus 2 Cell Occupancy study. Working in collaboration with Susan Mesinai, Slavik’s in-depth discoveries combined with her comprehensive knowledge of the prisoners and the Wallenberg case have led to new findings. These have already proven instrumental in pushing aside the ambiguity regarding Wallenberg’s presence in Vladimir Prison between 1947 and 1972 to help define his paper trail over that particular twenty-five year period.