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Despite the efforts of neutral Sweden, Hungarian Jews were being deported to concentration camps. Sent to find a neutral Swede to organize a rescue mission for the remaining Jews, American Iver Olsen found the perfect man for the job: a man who could speak German, Hungarian, had been to Budapest, and most of all had courage--Raoul Wallenberg.
Creating his own paperwork system that fooled the Nazis--the "schutzpass"---Raoul saved thousands of Jews by putting them officially under protection of the Swedish crown. When quotas were put in place, he used numbers for entire families; when the Nazis took people anyways, he set up his own checkpoints ahead of them, pulling person after person off the trains. Never quitting or tiring, but signing his signature over and over again on documents, he risked his life throughout the entire war--only to go missing days after liberation. His ultimate fate is a mystery to this day.
This uniquely crafted book tells the thrilling story of Raoul's efforts in a fitting form of epic free-verse. The rhythm carries the reader throughout the entire biography, bringing with it more power than pure prose, while still conveying all the facts and details of a usual biography. Photographs and archival documents show the efforts of Raoul which were saved and recovered. 135 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
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An amazing and inspirational World War II story about how one man saved the lives of many.
Raoul Wallenberg’s name may not be a universally familiar one, but the impact he had is immeasurable. Wallenberg was a Swedish humanitarian who worked in Budapest during World War II to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. He did this by issuing protective passports and housing Jews in buildings established as Swedish territory, saving tens of thousands of lives. Louise Borden researched Wallenberg’s life for many years, visiting with his family and the site of his childhood home, and learned his story from beginning to end. Wallenberg himself has not been heard from since 1945. It is suspected he died while in Russian custody, though this has never been proven. Raoul Wallenberg . . . it’s a name you may not have known, but you’ll never forget his story.