Everyone has heard of Oscar Schindler and his humanitarian work during the war saving the lives of Jews. Not so well known is Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat based in Budapest. Wallenberg saved the lives of over 100,000 Hungarian Jews by issuing them with Swedish passports, at times placing himself in extreme danger, and continually trying to outwit Adolf Eichmann and the Nazi hierarchy.
Kershaw writes an enthralling account of Wallenberg’s actions in 1944, using contemporary documents, eye witness accounts and the testimony of both Jewish and Nazi survivors.
Wallenberg is a “Righteous Gentile” and deservedly so. At the end of the war he was taken prisoner by the Soviets, and even today there is no definitive proof of what happened to him after he was taken to Moscow in 1945.
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