Prison / Camp


Jan 1945

B. Tarnovsky/ New York Times

40 km from Budapest

Allegedly arrested RW wandering in a Field with Swedish and Belgian passports. Under the same name sewed into the lining of his coat. (Contradicted by Russian documents).

March 1945

Sam Orsha

POW refugee camp or Prison camp, railroad transit point. Katyn

Man he believes to be Wallenberg addressed him because he was a young Jew (a trophy hunter) and asked him to take message to Swedish Consul. Gave instructions on how to remember his name.(According to Russian prison records, RW already in Moscow.)

April-May 1945

E. Zielinski


Swede arrested in Rumania or Eastern Europe who had helped Jews, about 30 years old 180 cm tall, well educated, spoke broken German.

May 1945

Reginald Barrett/ Von Maasburg

C  Castle, Hungary

Tall, thin man pointed out to von Maasburg as a Swedish consul. Barrett at some point mentions RW, but does not state that the consul is Wallenberg.


Stefan “Carl”/ af Sandeberg

Camp outside Moscow


Up to 1947

Bela Lukasz/ Von Maasburg

Unknown prison camp about 200 km. From Moscow (Klin?)




Kemeri Camp, Latvia



Koen “aka” Cohen / “aka” Hoatsk

Brygitki Cloister, Lwow

Raoul Wallenberg

July 1947

Esau Oggins/ Russian Side and Working Group

Death and Burial in Penza

As an alternative death site if analogy of Oggins is effective.


Aaron Gabor / ref to Dr. Jankowski


RW interrogated in Brygitki Cloister[2]

April 1947

Unknown Source Cited in US State Department document[3]


RW in prison camp


E. Gschwilm

Camp/Borowitshi, Leningrad

Man believed to be  (between Moscow & Swedish; terminally ill, cared for by G.


B. Baj

Kiev and Kristy Prison, Leningrad

RW had been in these before Moscow and then Bratsk.




Prisoner named ‘Van den berg.’ Platz expected him to be Dutch, surprised when he turned out to be Swedish.[4]


A. Babko

Camp. Molotov region near Perm

Transported from Moscow[5] October 1949 with man called ‘Raoulsson’,[6]  surrounded by Balts and in transit prison, Swedes --   (Legionnaires?).  The man, like many of this group, was ‘interned,’ and numbered -- no authentic names. Held in closed special section of camp to which Babko had access as a technician.  Told this was Wallenberg.  Uprising in camp led to its closing.

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Antonas Bogdanos / Iosef Terelya

Camp/Kazan Psychiatric

After uprising in camp, brought with RW to Kazan Psychiatric Prison Facility. [7]

Nov. 1950-

Imre Kovacs


One Swede, 34-37 years old.  185 cm.


P. Saikkonen / G. Heltad

Camp 100 km north of Leningrad.

Swedish Red Cross


N.N. Nikitin/ Kantorski

Kazan. Camp or prison (closed section)

Man gave him a pair of shoes. Comes and goes with men in civilian dress and cars (KGB).


S. A. Stepanov / Foreign Ministry of Sweden




S. A. Stepanov / Foreign Ministry of Sweden



Before 1954

Karl-Erik Bruhn


Wallenberg held on this north of Arkhangel island with another Swede who was a relative of RW and so would never be free, plus three American flyers shot down near Dagoe. Wallenberg in bad physical and mental shape, Bruhn said he needed help immediately.

Sept. 1955


Camp near Suchobezvodnoe, Gorky Region

Folkgroup from Men’s Camp No. 6 came to Women’s camp. She asked the leader of the group about RW as she had previously met a prisoner named Wilhelm Verschietz who had been with RW earlier in a camp ‘in the North.”  Wallenberg was supposedly Swedish.  When she inquired of the leader, it turned out there was a man named “Raoul Vallenbergis’ in the group who played the accordion, and sang a song made popular by the Swedish singer Zarah Leander. When she commented that it was odd for a Lithuanian to play so many German songs, she was told he wasn’t Lithuanian but Swedish. Shortly afterwards she met Raoul Vallenbergis who had a ‘camp wife’ in the north and was very depressed about being separated from her. [9]


Yuri S.I. Neubauer / A Faustov


As a civilian, met A. Faustov another civilian accompanied by a prisoner who had just been released, introduced as ‘Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg.’ RW had been ‘bought free’.  Meeting lasted only a few minutes.[10]


Shiriagin / Russian Side Working Group

Hkarkov Region, Ukraine

Cross-reference with the above.


Russian Doctor

Special Hospital No. 5, 60 km south of Moscow

Doctor for Victor Hamilton told ARK that in the early 60s there were a number of ‘diplomati’ sent to this hospital, as was Hamilton from the Central Clinic in Moscow.

Early 70s

A. Chanukiev


Met a man who said he was RW in a hospital corridor. Both were ill, lying on stretchers.  RW identified himself as Swedish.


Unknown Witness

Transit between Mordov

Rode met a man who Gunnar Rode and Vladimir or vice-versa recently had been a cellmate of Raoul Wallenberg, but doesn’t say where.


Manuel Garcia / Gitte.Wallenberg

Camp 385/5 or surrounding Mordov

Met a Swede who had been recently released after twelve years in prison, very sick.[11] Said that he had spoken with RW through the  wire separating camps of foreigners and Russians.  Both Vorovei (‘the Sparrow’) and Dr. Budilov were reference points for establishing previous presence in Vladimir.[12]



Military Installation near Minsk

Witness states relative had told him of a prisoner who did art restorations for special projects, Minsk [13]



“Pension” between Moscow & Leningrad

The Sakharovs attempted to visit this site, which may actually have been a camp.  Told there were ‘only Poles.’[14]



“Pension” in or near Belorussia

Former stable or cloister of an estate; housed a few Polish prominentia and RW, (all presumably believed to be dead). Prisoners were dying out one by one; no new prisoners being brought in. At time of report only 4 or 5 left.  Facility small, rural, carefully patrolled.  Prisoners had little contact with each other but knew who else was in the facility.


M.F. Fyodorov

Sychovka Psychiatric Director

Director of Facility Smolensk told ARK that there had been in Sychovka a group of ‘diplomati’ who were moved out in the early 80s with the switchover from MVD to the Ministry of  Health, along with records.  The latter were sent to Blagho-veshensk in the East, some prisoners also, others released.


A. Budilov

Sychovka Psychiatric

Contacted the U.S. Embassy claiming info regarding RW and a French art dealer.  Task Force Russia (DPMO Pentagon) officer told by Director/Sychovka  that Budilov had ‘hung himself’ between time the letter was sent and their arrival.  Officer noted that there was no indication that Budilov was insane.  [15]


[1] “European Russia” is defined as West of the Ural mountains.  This includes portions of Komi, the Tartar and Mordov republics, the Crimea, the Ukraine, the Baltic republics and sightings in Eastern Europe.


[2] Cross-reference with Koen/Hoatski.


[3] This is listed as the most recent sighting of RW, offered by Dr. Guy von Dardel.  Dean Acheson as Acting Secretary of State requests that American Embassy verify that this sighting exists, states that US wishes to support the Swedes but implies that they will not interfere.


[4] Dr. Makinen had the same experience when debriefed in Washington upon his release.  He could not understand why the Swedish authorities were so interested in a prisoner he had assumed to be Dutch.  This opens the question of whether Vorovei told Makinen “Swedish prisoner – Van den Berg” or just ‘the prisoner Van den berg” because Makinen does not seem to have fully understood that the “Swede” mentioned by Mukha and Kruminsh and others was the prisoner ‘Van den Berg’ until he got home and read about Wallenberg almost twenty years later in the New York Times.

[5] Krasnaya Presnya Transit Prison.


[6] Another witness whom Babko cites raised the question: “I wonder if that will happen to me – to come (to a transit point) under one name and leave under another?”


[7] Bogdanos, a Lithuanian pro-Fascist of the type described by Babko in his camp, was later sent to the psychiatric prison hospital in Sychovka where he met Terelya.  This material may possibly be the information promised by the witness Budilov, who unfortunately ‘hung himself’ in 1993 before his testimony could be taken.


[8]Please note that Smolensk is the location of Sychovka Psychiatric Prison Hospital mentioned in reference to Bogdanos, footnote 4.   This is not to say that there is not an internal prison there.


[9] Susanne Berger has pointed out that there is mention of a Raul Wallenberger who was fluent in Russian but spoke broken German by Rudzitis.  The authorities have checked but the name is not known in Latvia or Lithuania, which leaves Estonia.


[10] I would assume from this that the prisoner had been ‘bought free’ and released into exile.  This testimony was turned over to the Swedish Embassy in Warsaw in 1992 by Faustov who had been struck by articles in the press in 1992 (and previously) which used the exact same phrase to introduce or describe Wallenberg.


[11] The interpretation of this needs to be explored.  Is he saying twelve years, early end of term because of health, or twelve years in prison, recently released back to camp?


[12] There are three phases to the Garcia testimonies to Brigitte Wallenberg.  First he said he had no information on RW; then that he had met him in 1977 in Camp 385/5, and finally that he had been together with a Swede in Mordov released after twelve years of imprisonment.   To verify this report, Gitte Wallenberg took Garcia to meet another inmate who, after questioning Garcia in detail, said that his information was correct, but that he was off by one year.  The question is whether this fellow prisoner (who was either Swiss or lived in Switzerland) was the one who discussed Butova and Vorovei with Garcia or if Garcia allegedly discussed these figures with Wallenberg or both.  Note also that Paul Brawer, an American in the camp with Garcia at approximately that time, considered him a liar.


[13] Raoul Wallenberg was an artist – which may or may not have qualified him for ‘art restoration’ which is a specific talent.


[14]  This sighting may have been confused with Irwin Cotler’s report of the “Myrna Camp” which is also supposed to be just off the Moscow-Leningrad Highway, although the CIA were unable to identify the site.  Those who went to check were told that they could not proceed further because of the chemical plants nearby which made the area off-limits.   These two reports must be examined further and separated, if distinct from each other, or corrected according to the facts.

[15] Budilov believed to be man known to ARK, very exact with his information.  Still trying to follow up through the Ukraine as Budilov was very adept at getting information into and from the outside world.