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SUMMARY Ù Raoul Wallenberg ✓ ❰BOOKS❯ ✪ Raoul Wallenberg Author Ingrid Carlberg – An honorary citizen of the United States and Canada and designated as one of the Righteous Among the Nations by Israel Raoul Wallenberg was a modest envoy to Hungary whose heroism in Budapest at the h An honorary citizen of theAs Sweden's Special Envoy to Budapest in With remarkable bravery Wallenberg created a system of protective passports and sheltered thousands of desperate Jews in buildings he claimed were Swedish libraries and research institutes As the war drew to a close his invaluable work almost complete Wallenberg voluntarily went to meet with the Soviet troops who were relieving the city Ar. Raoul Wallenberg entered the world in 1912 as swaddling member of Sweden’s most influential banking and business family founders of Stockholm’s Enskilda Bank an assiduously conservative organisation He died thirtyfive or forty years later perhaps as early as 17 July 1947 or as late as 31 July 1952 Interestingly the Swedish Tax Agency only made official acknowledgment of his death in October 2016 With a full explanation of the evident anomaly in this new bookRaoul Wallenberg by Ingrid Carlsberg is the latest of several books that tell the tale of a man from a privileged background who became hero to Hungarian Jews many thousands of whom he saved from the terrors of the Nazi Holocaust Sadly although he lived through the later stages of the German occupation of Hungary he was imprisoned by the Russians and died of “perhaps heart failure” Ms Carlsberg’s book sensitively translated by Ebba Segerberg and released through Hachette Australia is the second I have read about the young man and his work In part due to her research including speaking in 2010 with by then elderly members of Raoul’s immediate family one of whom died just a few months later aged 100 and in part due to her sensitive approach I made connection with a subject previously lacking Raoul’s education and future were planned and carefully controlled by his grandfather Gustaf who was the Swedish envoy to Constantinople He was initially an ordinary student needing to swot and resit at least two end of year examinations to enable his passage to higher classes Even early in the book this appears to explain some part of the reason he developed a strong personality although combined with humility He attended University of Michigan at Ann Arbor studying and excelling in architecture He hoped to return to Sweden to be with close family but it was not to be His grandfather who funded his education wanted Raoul to become a man of the world and to experience business in countries other than his own Still supported by grandpaternal funding he entered unpaid indentureships in countries including South Africa and Palestine while advancing his business acumen In Palestine the young would be businessman developed several long term relationships with Jewish contemporaries These would be telling in a few years’ time as Hitler led the world into universal war and Jewish persecutionFinally at home and attempting to establish his future in business his plans were altered when Germany overran Poland and war began in Europe Raoul was uneasy about Sweden’s neutrality especially when the Germans entered Denmark and Norway the Swedish government even allowing passage to German troop trains This twist of neutrality came about despite one of the businesses in which Raoul was involved dealing with the Vichy government trading horses to France in return for truck tyresBusiness partnership with a Hungarian Jewish friend Kálmán Lauer who later became unable to return to Budapest took Raoul freuently to the Hungarian capital As a neutral he also made trips to Germany and Occupied France and was able to observe much of what the Nazi regime did gaining information that would later become valuable The war was no longer going so well for Germany its forces suffering their first major reversal with defeat of the Wehrmacht at Stalingrad The Hungarians who fought alongside them incurred massive losses Behind Hitler’s back the Horthy government seeing the writing on the wall began secret negotiations with the Allies Thus in 1944 German troops entered and occupied HungaryEventually in mid 1944 Raoul Wallenberg returned to Budapest as a diplomat he was second choice; the first Falke Bernadotte a member of the Swedish royal family was rejected by the Hungarians His main purpose became helping save the country’s remaining Jewish population In the three months prior to Raoul’s arrival in July Adolf Eichmann had deported at least four hundred thousand Hungarian Jews the majority of whom had been sent direct to the Auschwitz Birkenau extermination camp By that time there were perhaps fewer than a uarter million Jews remaining in HungaryRaoul arranged production and issue of protective passes to Jewish people allowing them to remove the yellow stars previously sewn onto their clothing and be treated as Swedish citizens including for many safe passage to Sweden Funds were raised by a committee in his homeland; he used these to rent many buildings They were given names such as “Swedish Research Institute” or “Swedish Library” with large Swedish flags suspended outside By such means –one of many ploys he used – he managed to protect at least ten thousand peopleThere is a great deal to the man and his work than can be discussed in such a brief forum The name Raoul Wallenberg is forever synonymous with what can be achieved by men and women of will in the face of evil The book bearing his name is exceptional and one we might all read especially to uderstand it is possible to help the downtrodden in the face of such incredible opposing odds The tragedy of his story is that as the Russians entered Hungary Raoul approached their leadership to ensure continued safety for his charges He was arrested and incarcerated by them dying a sad and lonely death in Moscow’s notorious Lubyanka prison within either months or perhaps a few years Russian records of when or how he died are unclear The memory of Raoul Wallenberg is upheld in many ways by many countries including Hungary Israel the US Canada Argentina and Australia In a few short months in 1944 1945 he became one of mankind’s great humanitarians


Rested as a spy Wallenberg disappeared into the depths of the Soviet system never to be seen againIn this definitive biography noted journalist Ingrid Carlberg has carried out unprecedented research into all elements of Wallenberg's life narrating with vigor and insight the story of a heroic life and navigating with wisdom and sensitivity the truth about his disappearance and dea. A monumental and magnificent telling of the life and tragic abandonment of this most extraordinary man I had wanted to read this book since it was first published in 2015 and had obtained a copy in the past year but hesitated in beginning my reading I knew the basic facts of Raoul Wallenberg but knew that it had a profoundly sad endingIngrid Carlberg’s book is without uestion the best and most complete story of the life of Raoul Wallenberg Still these 75 years since he disappeared from Budapest his story is still not yet fully told This is not the fault of the author Her work here is extraordinary It is however a continuing legacy of hidden information both in Swedish archives and in those of the KGB in Moscow and its predecessor organizations Continuing to refuse access to all sources is a maddening fact I would hope that Wallenberg’s remaining family and others who have a love and admiration for what he accomplished and endured will not give up the uest to obtain a full accounting of his time spent in captivity in Russia and of his execution however and wherever it finally occurredThis is indeed a most worthy book to read Yes the 600 pages can be daunting to ponder But if you want to know what a true hero is and of the sacrifice it reuired here is your example Thank Ingrid Carlberg for your most devoted work in telling his story

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Raoul WallenbergAn honorary citizen of the United States and Canada and designated as one of the Righteous Among the Nations by Israel Raoul Wallenberg was a modest envoy to Hungary whose heroism in Budapest at the height of the Holocaust saved countless Jewish lives and ultimately cost him his ownA series of unlikely coincidences led to the appointment of Wallenberg by trade a poultry importer. Wow Just Wow I hardly know how to describe how rich and powerful this book is Yes it is a 640 page biography of a Holocaust hero and is written in such a way that it is also a mystery and thriller too Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish businessman from a rich banking and business family who had to make it on his own His dad died months before he was born and his grandfather guided his very unusual training in life and these lessons actually helped him when he agreed to help an AmericanSwedish effort to help save the Jews in Hungary Most died but due to his efforts and those of his co workers 100000 were saved Raoul was made a Swedish diplomat and money was sent from Sweden and the USA to aid his work I was riveted by the scary events they faced and how at one point Raoul's life was in danger The book thoroughly follows his life and then the events in Hungary He thought the Soviets would help but instead he was imprisoned and accused of being a Nazi spy The over 40 year search for what happened to him is detailed I highly recommend this book to those interested in the Holocaust true heroes those interested in WWII and most of all to those with hearts of gold who really care This is a stunning book