Lawyer’s Search for Wallenberg Hits Bookshelves

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Lawyer’s Search for Wallenberg Hits Bookshelves

Morris Wolff’s quest to find Holocaust hero continues
By: Sammy Hudes
Published: July 6th, 2011 in Culture » Books » Interviews
Morris Wolff
“Whatever Happened to Raoul Wallenberg”

Morris Wolff, a prominent international lawyer who has devoted his life to finding and rescuing Holocaust hero, Raoul Wallenberg, has written a book about the subject. Titled, “Whatever Happened to Raoul Wallenberg,” the book sells for just $9.99 on the Kindle or $24.95 in paperback. In it, the Philadelphia lawyer tells the complete story of his journey in attempt to find Wallenberg; through filing a precedent-setting lawsuit, speaking to former U.S. Presidents and outing the lies told by Russian officials in court.

The story begins with Wallenberg, who was from Sweden, travelling to Budapest, Hungary in 1944 at the request of the U.S. government. In an attempt to form a war refugee board made up of diplomats from neutral countries, he was assigned to act as a watchdog in Europe. Wallenberg decided to go beyond his duties, creating methods and strategies for rescuing Jews, such as issuing protective passports to prevent them from being deported. Wallenberg threatened the Soviet army, who wished to impose military domination, to stop abusing Jewish women or else he would serve as a witness at their war crimes trials. A thorn in their side, the Soviets handled the problem by arresting Wallenberg.

Wolff entered the story in March of 1983, with Wallenberg having already been in custody for 39 years. Asked what he could do, Wolff suggested filing a lawsuit against the Soviets, claiming kidnapping and other criminal behaviour that violated Wallenberg’s rights. Wolff took hold of the ship, pro bono, and began researching at the University of Pennsylvania law library. He consulted with professors from universities around the U.S., including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Chicago and the University of Houston. He was determined to rescue Wallenberg.