Author Reveals Names of Betrayed Hungarian Heroes

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What really happened to the British led anti-Nazi resistance in World War II Hungary - and who they were.

I am revealing these names because Hungary's National Day of March 15 (war of independence) is approaching

"Sword of the Turul," by Catherine Eva Schandl, tells the true story of how the British-led anti-Nazi resistance in Hungary was secretly imprisoned by the NKVD and abandoned by the British intelligence service after World War II. The only thing missing from the book is names. The author is now disclosing the real names of: the Hungarian leader of her father Karoly's resistance group, one of the group members who also ended up in Vladimir prison, and the arrested Dutch lieutenant who was working for Raoul Wallenberg.

"I am revealing these names because Hungary's National Day of March 15 (war of independence) is approaching," the author explains, "and Hungarians have a right to know about all their heroes and what really happened to them."

Karoly William Schandl, a Hungarian lawyer, was a survivor of almost 12 years in the Soviet prisons of Lubyanka, Lefortovo, and Vladimir. Prior to his official arrest by the NKVD/SMERSH on December 8, 1944, he was a member of a British led anti-Nazi resistance group, and lived across from Raoul Wallenberg's Swedish Embassy in Budapest. In early December 1944 - south of Lake Velence - SMERSH arrested Karoly Schandl, along with a Dutch lieutenant who had been working for Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. British intelligence had ordered them to report to the Russians.

The Dutch lieutenant was G. Van der Waals.

Karoly and Lt. Van der Waals were placed in Lubyanka and then Lefortovo prison.

The leader of Karoly's group, Gabor Haraszty (code name "Albert"), was a young Hungarian lawyer of Jewish origin who had become an officer of the British Intelligence Service. He too was later arrested by the Soviets.

After 5 years as a POW, Karoly was accused of being a "British spy." In 1950, he was transferred to Vladimir prison, where he was kept locked away in secret, in the "special section," near another friend from his resistance group, Laszlo Pap, who had also been arrested. The Soviets continued to deny any knowledge of their whereabouts.

(Lt. Van der Waals had already perished years earlier in Lefortovo prison)

Karoly Schandl was finally released by the Soviets in 1956. Shortly afterwards, he went to Whitehall (U.K.) and told them that members of the British-led resistance were still secretly imprisoned in the Soviet Union. Whitehall, however, was not willing to listen.

To date, MI6 has not offered any explanation.

(Russia has since opened up a number of files and released Karoly Schandl's secret prison card to the joint Swedish-Russian Wallenberg Commission in 1990, as one of only three Hungarians secretly held in Vladimir prison, assigned a number)

More information about this true story can be found at:

Sword of the Turul
by Catherine Eva Schandl
Lulu Press 2005
ISBN: 1411650603


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