The Hero of Budapest: The Triumph and Tragedy of Raoul Wallenberg
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Using previously unseen sources, Bengt Jangfeldt has been able to reconstruct the events surrounding Wallenberg's capture almost hour by hour and, for the first time, he is able to shed new light on why Wallenberg was arrested and what happened to him after he disappeared.. Yet, when Budapest was liberated by the Red Army in January 1945, Wallenberg was arrested, taken to Moscow and disappeared into the Soviet prison system. Wallenberg was a Swedish businessman, recruited by the War Refugee Board to rescue thousands of Hungarian Jews. Through the 'safe houses' and clandestine networks that he established around the city, many thousands more were saved from the concentration camps. Yet the complete account of his life and fate can only be told now - and for the first time in this book - following access to the Russian and Swedish archival sources, previously not used. Once in Budapest, he created and distributed so called 'protective passports' among the Jewish population, thus managing to save up to 8,000 people. The story of Raoul Wallenberg - who, at immense personal risk, rescued many of Budapest's Jews from the Holocaust - is one of the most remar
The enigma of Wallenberg Paul Gelman The extermination of one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe was that of Hungary. Dry statistics figures show that all in all, 570000 of Hungary's 825000 Jews fell victim in the Holocaust, 437000 of them in the course of less than two months in the spring of 1944.Win. Bobby said Extraordinary book and man.. Would you help another man at incredible risk to yourself. How about doing this every day, three times a day, with each time the risk that those who murdered thousands as one drinks coffee could kill you.This is a superbly documented book of award-winning quality, reflecting. King's Gambit said The definition of a Hero. A story that needs to be remembered. What he fought against, often alone, still prevails in the inertia of Governments globally to address the dark side of humanity that resorts to brutal slaughter in the name of religion or belief.
His biography Axel Munthe: The Road to San Michele (I.B.Tauris) was published in 2003 and won the Swedish Academy's prize for biography. Bengt Jangfeldt is an author and historian. A further large-scale biography, A Life at Stake, about the renowned Russian poet Mayakovsky, appeared in 2007 and was awarded the August Prize for best non-fiction book of the year.
With Raoul Wallenberg he consolidates his position as one of Sweden's foremost biographers.' Svenska Dagbladet 'Jangfeldt has dug as deep into the archives as is possible at the present moment. 'During the last decade, Bergt Jangfeldt has gained a reputation for his biographies of Axel Munthe, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Joseph Brodsky. His interpretation of the events is tragically convincing.' Dagens Nyheter