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The Hero of Budapest : The Triumph and Tragedy of Raoul Wallenberg

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The story of Raoul Wallenberg - the Swedish businessman who, at immense personal risk, rescued many of Budapest's Jews from the Holocaust and subsequently disappeared into the Soviet prison system - is one of the most fascinating episodes of World War II. Yet the complete story 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. Born into a wealthy Swedish family, Wallenberg was a moderately successful businessman when he was recruited by the War Refugee Board to manage the rescue mission of thousands of Hungarian Jews. Once in Budapest, he created and distributed so called 'protective passports' (or Schutz-Pass) among the Jewish population, thus managing to save up to 8,000 people. Through the 'safe houses' and clandestine networks that he established around the city, many thousands more were saved from the concentration camps. Yet, 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: formally he was a Swedish diplomat but he worked for an American agency. On the basis of previously unseen Soviet sources, Jangfeldt has been able to reconstruct the events surrounding Wallenberg's arrest almost hour by hour and, for the first time, he presents a highly plausible theory about the reasons why Wallenberg was arrested and what happened to him after he disappeared. With access to previously unpublished material, Bengt Jangfeldt provides the first complete account of Wallenberg's life - from his childhood in Sweden to his disappearance in a Russian jail - and sheds important new light on one of the greatest heroes of World War II. This is a thrilling tale of intrigue, espionage and heroism which will captivate all readers of modern European history.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 164 x 230 x 44mm | 819.99g
  • I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
  • I.B.Tauris
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780766823
  • 9781780766829
  • 52,711

About Bengt Jangfeldt

Bengt Jangfeldt is an author and historian. 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. 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.show more

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'During the last decade, Bergt Jangfeldt has gained a reputation for his biographies of Axel Munthe, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Joseph Brodsky. 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. His interpretation of the events is tragically convincing.' Dagens Nyhetershow more

Table of contents

A Sunday's Child A Wallenberg The New Elementary School Out into the World The Architect South Africa Palestine The End of an Epoch Interlude Recruitment Budapest Blood for Goods The Death Marches Ghettoisation Open Terror Guest or Captive? Moscow A Diplomatic Failure Liquidation Aftermath Bringing Honour to One's Family Acknowledgements Notes Selected Bibliography Indexshow more

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