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His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg Hardcover – January 17, 2012
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Raoul Wallenberg was a very bright, multilingual Swedish man whose family was prominent in politics. He was able to obtain a job in which he was able to produce schutzpasses - papers for former citizens (Jewish people lost citizenship under the Nazi regime) that would protect them from the cruelties that were inflicted upon them.
His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg is a good book for young adults who want to learn something about the Nazis in Hungary. It is informative and not too graphic for younger readers, though older readers will still recognize events that are skirted around.
I didn't like the layout: each
sentence was cut in a place that did
not look logical, as though "His Name
Was Raoul Wallenberg" was poetry
and not a history book
(like that) and didn't think that it complimented the valuable photographs and copies of schutzpasses.
Wallenberg, as did so many other people during the Second World War, mysteriously disappeared. Different stories have emerged over the years, and his family still doesn't have complete closure. However, they CAN be proud of a relative who risked his life to save total strangers.
From childhood, Raoul Wallenberg was a thoughtful and caring person who wanted to help those who were in trouble. For an only child of a widowed mother, Raoul led a lucky life. His father's family was wealthy and his grandfather guaranteed that his grandson got to travel around the world and work in interesting situations. Wallenberg studied architecture at the University of Michigan before finding himself at sea with few job prospects as the winds of WWII haunted Europe. Because he could speak five languages, Wallenberg was given the opportunity to serve Sweden in Hungary, finding a way to save the Hungarian Jews who were currently mistreated as the Nazi threat heightened and the grim prospect of concentration camps and ghettos closed in around them. Wallenberg, along with a staff he put together, created the Schutz-Pass, a passport that could guarantee whole families protection from the neutral Swedish government. Wallenberg worked tirelessly and constantly to save as many Hungarian Jews as he could from deportation, staying one canny step ahead of his various enemies all the time. In January of 1945, Wallenberg and his chauffer were arrested by the Russians and were never heard from again. To this day, despite the efforts of his family, friends, and countless other Swedes and Hungarians, the true fate of Raoul Wallenberg remains unknown.
Yet what is known about Wallenberg is remarkable. He was a tireless, courageous, fearless man who saved hundreds of Jews from Nazi clutches. He is proof that one person can make a difference and an inspiration to all. "His Name was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During World War II" is an engaging, fast-paced read that will introuduce readers to an unknown hero of one of the world's darkest times.