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In highschool I was assigned to research Raoul Wallenberg when I enquired about positive, less known influential people during World War II Thanks to my devoted history teacher, I received one book about Wallenberg that was taken out of the university library in the capital city near the island where we lived At the time, I found Wallenberg to be noble and daring This book so far, however, is drab and dry I don t know if I will be able to finish it. #BOOK á Raoul Wallenberg ⚹ 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 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, As 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 Arrested 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 Death 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 book Raoul 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 persecution.Finally 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 tyres.Business partnership with a Hungarian Jewish friend, K lm n Lauer, who later became unable to return to Budapest, took Raoul frequently 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 Hungary.Eventually, 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 quarter million Jews remaining in Hungary.Raoul 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 people.There 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. I found this far engaging than I had any right to, given how many of my pet peeves it wallows in Lots of material about the author writing the book, describing her own interviews with people rather than the biography s subject itself Check Though this is mostly segregated in specific chapters that are easy to skip Not only do their headings tell you that they are distinctive and about the present day, this edition prints these chapters in a different typeface A wildly imbalanced chronology, focusing on the times when there happens to be information available Yup Sideshow Bob stepping on rakes levels of haplessness when the author touches on subjects outside her area Lordy, yes it s amazing how many things this garbles about American politics when that comes up, everything from the date of President Carter s inauguration to cabinet titles to puzzlingly referring to democrats when talking about Democrats It s also slightly hilarious to repeatedly refer to Henry A Wallace as a former Commerce Secretary not wrong, of course, but Carlberg doesn t refer to Franklin Roosevelt as former Assistant Secretary of the Navy Yet somehow, for much of the book s length, I was excited when I sat down to read this than for almost any other book I ve tried for months.Carlberg divides the book into three parts The first, the shortest, is a pretty standard account of Wallenberg s life up until he starts his humanitarian mission in Hungary Carlberg spends a surprising amount of time talking the educational program that Wallenberg s grandfather set up for him, with an architecture degree at the University of Michigan and internship like stints in South Africa and Palestine mostly designed, it seems, to keep Raoul away from the relatives that actually ran the family s bank Having been snubbed by them himself, Grandfather suspected, seemingly rightly, that they d snub Raoul, too The years thereafter are covered vaguely here perhaps it wasn t very narratively interesting to dwell about Wallenberg s being in something of a holding pattern, taking on some jobs and failing at start ups while waiting to see if the family would hire him at the bank.But then we move into the book s second part, where Wallenberg takes the U.S funded diplomatic post in Budapest The six months in Hungary get substantially page count devoted to them than did all the previous decades of Wallenberg s life, which makes a deep knowledge of the local context Unless you re already deeply knowledgeable about local geography, the book s endpapers, as maps of Budapest, are very helpful in following along The book s third part covers what happens after Wallenberg fell into Soviet hands after they occupied Hungary This part pretty quickly spirals out of the realm of biography of Wallenberg to account of Wallenberg s parents and siblings attempt to find out what happened to Wallenberg And sits there for hundreds of pages this part is almost as long as the previous part Which is too bad, as I found it much the least interesting section of the book The Swedish government clearly miscalculated about several things and was just inept in other ways key policy makers just assumed Wallenberg was dead early on, so they even didn t bother to ask the Soviets to return him until well past the point when he probably was dead but for the purposes at hand, it s not clear what scores of pages repeating the Soviets stonewall and the family is sad is supposed to add.Even amidst the damp squib ending chapters, though, I felt like I occasionally learned things I ve always kind of assumed that Wallenberg being famous than Carl Lutz his Swiss counterpart, who probably outdid even Wallenberg in terms of sheer numbers of Budapest Jews saved resulted from Cold War politics, and this account confirmed it Wallenberg really only started racking up honors like the vaunted honorary U.S citizenship because people in the CIA thought he was a handy cudgel against the Soviets for having disappeared him Hence, although I d probably recommend skipping the last hundred pages unless you re really into it, even that part of the book isn t a total waste. with every page, you are hoping against hope that the mystery on Raoul s murder will be lifted It s a thriller and historical. This comprehensive biography of Raoul Wallenberg has certainly got me off to a good start in 2017 The author has extensively researched and put together an excellent biography of Raoul Wallenberg, a man I had never heard of before I read this I am actually rather ashamed to say this as his bravery and heroism deserves worldwide recognition.For my full review please visit my blog at Outstanding This is the most recent of the many biographies of Raoul Wallenberg Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat during the Second World War who is credited with saving thousands of lives He was posted to Budapest with an assignment of issuing protective passports to Hungarian Jews Hungary was a last bastion of Judaism among Nazi controlled allied countries, but in the summer of 1944 they began mass deportation to the death camps in Poland Protective passports from the neutral country of Sweden staved off deportation for many As dangerous as Wallenberg s life was during his assignment to Budapest when he was constantly at odds with the Arrow Cross Militia the Hungarian fascist party and the Nazis who put them in power, the most intriguing part of Wallenberg s life story may be his disappearance In January of 1945, as he was seeking contact with the commander of the Red Army in Hungary to facilitate a post War reconstruction of Budapest, he was arrested by the Soviets and surreptitiously moved to Lubyanka Prison in Moscow The Soviets denied having Wallenberg, but facing overwhelming evidence from released prisoners who came into contact with Wallenberg in Lubyanka and Lefortovo prisons eventually made the Soviets recant In the 1950 s they admitted they d had him while making the suspect claim that he d died of natural causes in 1947 There remains a great deal of mystery surrounding the case Why they arrested Wallenberg in the first place Why didn t they release or exchange him like other foreign diplomats they had in custody If they executed him why d they do it and why d they do it when they did it There were claims by prisoners stating that they d met Wallenberg in Gulag camps in the 1960 s and even into the 70 s though the latter claims are suspect In a bold move, this book is written in the old school style, which is to say chronologically This may not seem odd for those who ve been reading biographies and autobiographies for a long time It s how historians always used to write their books, and it certainly seems like a logical arrangement for the telling of historical events However, the mode today is to start in media res, or in the middle of the exciting bits, and to sprinkle in only what is absolutely necessary of backstory as one goes along Because of a combination of intense competition for one s reading time and what seems like the diminished attention span of today s average reader, it s really quite brave for Carlberg to start with 150 pages discussing Wallenberg s parents and grandparents, his days in America as an architecture student studying a form of building design that would be considered virtually useless when he returned to Sweden, and his attempts to get started in business in the years between his return to Sweden and his entry into the diplomatic corps That said, this first of the three parts that make up the book is well done and interesting than one might expect It doesn t suffer from the painful dryness that is so common when one discusses ancestors and the subject s childhood It s not just that Carlberg keeps an eye on what data might be useful for the reader later in the book In fact, I d say that what makes the first part interesting isn t that it shows us how Wallenberg s youth forged him into an inevitable hero Rather, it s that we come away with a picture of a somewhat shiftless kid from the least wealthy limb of a family tree of a rich family It s not that he was born to be a hero that makes his background fascinating it s that he was in many ways an ordinary fellow whose decisions at critical moments made him a hero As mentioned, the book s 23 chapters are divided into three parts The first part, as described, is Wallenberg s background The second part explores his actions while posted to Budapest This is when he had to deal with the likes of Adolf Eichmann and at the very end rogue elements of the Arrow Cross Militia who were engaged in killing sprees The third part covers the period of Wallenberg s arrest and disappearance at the hands of the Soviet Union Many of the popular biographies of Wallenberg were written in the 1980 s, during a period of reawakened interest in his fate but when the Soviets were just beginning to loosen up, and so this version does contain a little bit of new information that came out during the Glasnost years and subsequently The book has a substantial group of black and white pictures of relevant people and documents There are also modern day descriptions of the author s visits to various key places in Wallenberg s story including various offices and residences, as well as Lefortovo prison These are short a few pages at most and are interspersed with the chapters around which that locale was relevant Some of them involved talking with people who had insight into Wallenberg s life and other places are occupied by individuals with little to no knowledge of Wallenberg There is a detailed accounting of sources, including both a bibliography and lists of interviewed individuals and unpublished sources I found this book fascinating I will admit that I didn t get hooked right away While there was enough in part one to keep me interested, the book doesn t become truly gripping until the second and third parts In part three, it becomes genuinely hard to put down That said, if one is hoping for a work that resolves all questions, that work doesn t yet exist, and it s less and less likely that it ever will given the way the Soviets purged Wallenberg from documentation very few references were found during the Glasnost era investigation and apparently cremated his body Few people remain alive who were involved and their memories are adversely effected by time Still, Carlberg offers excellent insight into what went wrong on the Swedish side that may have contributed to Wallenberg s demise The Swedish diplomat jumped to conclusions that probably hurt Wallenberg s survival odds There are a few brief scenes in the book that are visceral, and one of these involves the degree to which that one diplomat was haunted by his missteps in the case Another involves a cudgel wielding former KGB interrogator who threatened Wallenberg s step brother when the relative tried to visit to find out If the sparse documentation is to be believed, the retired KGB man may have been the last person to speak with Wallenberg But the man clearly wanted to put that behind him There were just a couple of questions that I wish had been addressed by the book that weren t Carlberg is keen to point out that it appeared that the Soviets were hinting that a teen aged Baltic refugee, Lydia Makarova, could be a possible exchange for Wallenberg The Swedish diplomats were too dense to get this at first because one had concluded Wallenberg died in Hungary and another higher up didn t believe in quid pro quo life trades I can see how this Lydia Makarova wasn t really relevant to Wallenberg s story She was just an extremely high value subject, but I couldn t help but wonder why they would want a teen aged girl so badly that they d have been willing to take the public relations nightmare of admitting they abducted a diplomat regarded as an international hero With the book weighing in at over 600 pages, I can see why there was reticent to investigate this further just to scratch an itch of curiosity, but still the itch remains.I d highly recommend this book I ve read other books on Wallenberg, and believe that this book offered substantial value added particularly regarding the investigation of Wallenberg s disappearance. The myth of World War II goes like this the Allies were good, they won, and the Jews who survived were saved from Hitler by the Allies virtuous war efforts The reality goes like this the Allies and most neutral countries waited, and they waited, and they waited as the Jews to say nothing of the Slavs, Russians, disabled, dissidents, homosexuals, and Romani were persecuted and then exterminated by the Nazis.Some nations did better than others Denmark sent nearly all of its Jews away in time, while France and Poland mostly let their populations die In 1939, the U.S House voted down a bill that would have brought 20,000 Jewish children into the country.But the FDR administration s War Refugee Board was a success Mostly funded by Jewish groups, this was a Hail Mary pass that needed a man in the field to help Jews escape a task that fell to Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish businessman with no previous diplomatic experience Without the bureaucratic brilliance of his team, which confidently handed out fake Swedish passports that protected Jews from deportation to Auschwitz, some 100,000 Budapest Jews would not have survived the war.http www.theamericanconservative.co