The Hero of Budapest : The Triumph and Tragedy of Raoul Wallenberg
by Bengt Jangfeldt, Harry Watson
Editor: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
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The story of Raoul Wallenberg – the Swedish entrepreneur who, at great personal risk, saved many Budapest Jews from the Holocaust and then disappeared into the Soviet prison system – is one of the most fascinating episodes of World War II.Yet the complete history of his life and his destiny can only be said now – and for the first time in this book – which follows access to the previously unused sources of Russian and Swedish archives.Coming from a wealthy Swedish family, Wallenberg was a businessman of mixed success when he was recruited by the war refugee to manage the rescue mission of thousands of Hungarian Jews.Once in Budapest, he created and distributed the so-called “protective passports” (or Schutz-Pass) in the Jewish population, managing to register up to 8,000 people.Through the “safe houses” and clandestine networks he established around the city, several thousand more were rescued from the concentration camps.However, when Budapest was liberated by the Red Army in January 1945, Wallenberg was arrested and taken to Moscow.One of the reasons for his arrest was that the Soviets could not understand the nature of his mission: officially, he was a Swedish diplomat, but he worked for an American agency.On the basis of unpublished Soviet sources, Jangfeldt was able to reconstruct the events surrounding the arrest of Wallenberg almost hour by hour and, for the first time, he presents a very plausible theory of why Wallenberg was arrested and what happened to him after his disappearance.Access to unpublished material, Bengt Jangfeldt provides the First Complete Life Account Wallenberg – from his childhood in Sweden to his disappearance in a Russian prison – and brings important new insights into one of the greatest heroes of the Second World War.It is a thrilling story of intrigue, espionage and heroism that appeals to all readers of modern European history.
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