he Swedish Wallenberg's are like the
equivalent to the United States Rockefeller’s or Europe’s
Swedish National Broadcasting (SVT) has just run a three-part
documentary about the Wallenberg's, and it includes some
interviews with the otherwise reserved family members. The
series seems to have sparked some interest, so it might be
convenient to briefly relay some info about them here. I have
only seen parts of the series so far, but I will screen it
myself soon and I might write something more about it later on.
Here are a few excerpts from a recent article about the
Who are they and why are they
The Wallenberg’s are Sweden's most powerful financial
family. Just over 150 years ago André Oscar Wallenberg
started literally minting it when he established Stockholms
Enskilda Bank. Since then the family's power has become
almost regal in its scope. In fact one of them, Marcus
"district judge" Wallenberg, was a Knight of the Order of
The family has formed a seemingly unbreakable bond with the
Swedish economy. In 1916 they set up Investor, an investment
company with a major interest in Scania, Ericsson, Saab,
ABB, Electrolux, AtlasCopco, AstraZeneca, and a ridiculous
number of others besides.
Anyway, why are these Wallenbergs in the news?
National broadcaster SVT has just run a three-part
documentary on the family, which has planted bums firmly on
seats all over the land.
Why? They just sound like a bunch of suits with visible
Ah yes, but these particular suits constitute the very
fabric of Swedish society. And they very rarely give
interviews. If we look at Sweden as being divided between
state and capital, they have supplied das Kapital.
And the Social Democrats have been der Staat?
Precisely. And since we've come over all German, it's
probably worth mentioning that the Wallenbergs have a Second
World War hero in their ranks. While off on business trips
to the continent Raoul Wallenberg was soon confronted with
the treatment of Jews by Nazi Germany. In Budapest he
acquired diplomatic status and saved thousands of Hungarian
Jews by issuing them with false protective passports and
claiming they were awaiting repatriation to Sweden.
Nice work! Was he treated as a hero when he returned to
Unfortunately he never did return. He was arrested by the
advancing Soviet forces, who took him to be a US spy. He was
never seen again.
A tragic end...
Indeed, and there are other tragic tales too. Remember the
bank that began the family fortune?
Well, Marc Wallenberg was its chief executive when, in 1971,
it was to be merged with another bank to form what is now
SEB. Marc committed suicide that same year, possibly because
the onus on him to perform became too great. His father,
Marcus "Dodde" Wallenberg had pushed the merger through
against his wishes.
Dodde seems to have been a central Wallenberg.
Yes, he was. He was also a dab hand at tennis and competed
for the Swedish Davis Cup team in the mid-1920s.
Good for Dodde. Are there any other Wallenbergs with
Oh yes, tons of them. There was Jaju (Jakob) for example,
who was Dodde's older brother. Both were involved in "the
Bosch Affair" at the end of the Second World War, which led
to them being accused by the USA of collaborating with Nazi
Germany. The SVT documentary gives the brothers the benefit
of the doubt on this score, particularly Jaju, whose name
was mud after the scandal broke.
As if it wasn't bad enough being called Jaju! Any more?
Yes. There's Pirre (Peter), of course, born in 1926 and
still a major power broker in what is commonly known as "the
Wallenberg sphere". Then there's his son Poker (Peter),
who's on the board of Investor. And Husky (Marcus), who is
chairman of the board of SEB.
What's going to become of them now that they have been
giving an airing on the telly?
They will probably return to the motto that has served the
family so well over the years: Esse non videri - to be, not
to be seen.
You can read the entire article here:
http://www.thelocal.se/6104/20070115/, although there isn’t
much more of interest if you’d ask me.
Obviously there’s a lot more to say and write about concerning
these guys – but this short piece might serve as a nice
introduction for future articles and writing.
You can read more (but not that much) about the Wallenberg
family over at
this wikipedia thread.
Another thing worth mentioning again is that Marcus Wallenberg
Sr (1864–1943), was a Knight of the Order of the Seraphim. This
Order is exclusive to Sweden and I find this interesting since
Seraphim is Hebrew for a class of Angel (the highest one). I
think that this further strengthens the evidence for a Hebrew/Kabbalistic
connection to Sweden and the “original language” that I
elaborated on in the article about Johannes Bureus and the
ancient runes entitled:
Dee's 007, Tubal-Cain and the Rune of the "Original Language"
On the insignia of the Order of the Seraphim is also the three
crowns. The origins of the three crowns and the connection to
the runes and the Kabbala is also discussed in this article:
Johannes Bureus, the Renaissance rune magician
And since we have made the connection to John Dee and his
Enochian magic this is what we can read about the Seraphim in
the Book of Enoch:
Seraphim in the Book of Enoch
The 2nd-century BC Book of Enoch also mentions the Seraphim,
but the term used is the Greek drakones (δράκονες meaning
"serpents"). Enoch was never accepted in the Hebrew canon,
but it was widely read and quoted by early Christians --
most notably in the Epistle of Jude, which was included in
the New Testament canon. From the usage of the word "saraph"
in this late text, Christian exegesis identifies as seraphim
the snakes responsible for the deaths of the blaspheming
Israelites in Numbers chapter 21:"And the LORD sent fiery
And if we continue to read about the
we see that there are some interesting names attributed to this
Names attributed to this angelic
Elaborating upon the Christian celestial hierarchy that was
created by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, the expanding
modern literature of angelology has assigned many names to
the unnamed seraphim.
• Chamuel (Kemuel, Shemuel)
So is the Order of the Seraphim really the
Order of the fallen angels?
Well, we have to return to that in another article. In the
meantime you can read some more official, but still interesting
Order of the Seraphim
The Order of the Seraphim (in Hebrew for a category of Angels)
or the Order of His Majesty the King (Swedish Serafimerorden or
Kungl. Maj:ts Orden) is a Swedish Royal order of chivalry
created by King Frederick I of Sweden on 23 February 1748,
together with the
of the Sword and the
Order of the Polar Star. After the reorganization of the
orders in 1975 the order is only awarded to foreign heads of
state and members of the royal family. The order has only one
grade with the dignity of Knight (Member for women and
clergymen), and is the foremost order of Sweden.
When a knight of the Order dies, his coat of arms is hung in the
former royal burial church
Riddarholmskyrkan in Stockholm, and when the funeral takes
place the church bells are rung constantly from 12:00 to 13:00.
Knights and Members of the Order wear the badge on a collar
(chain) or on a sash on the right shoulder, and the star on the
The collar of the Order is in gold, with
eleven double crosses enamelled in blue and eleven
The badge of the Order is a white-enamelled
gilt Maltese Cross, with a gilt double cross on each arm of
the cross, and gilt seraphim between the arms of the cross.
The obverse central disc is in blue enamel, with a white-enamelled
Crowns; beneath this are three nails with which Jesus
Christ was crucified. The reverse central disc is also in
blue enamel, with white-enamelled letters "FRS" (Fredericus,
Frederick King of Sweden). The badge is topped by a gilt
The star of the Order is the same as the
obverse of the badge, except the crosses and seraphim are in
silver and without enamel, and is not topped by a crown.
The ribbon (sash) of the Order is pale
The above on the Order of the Seraphim is