His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During World War II
A Swedish diplomat who saved the lives of thousands of Hungarian Jews was apprehended by Russians at the end of World War II—and was never heard from again. List of other people who have made a difference. Further information on Raoul Wallenberg’s life. Author’s note. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white and full-color maps, photographs, and reproductions.
JLG Release: Mar 2012
Awards & Honors
NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2013, Biography; 2013 Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
School Library Journal
This is a detailed biography of a “righteous Gentile” whose intelligence, courage, and organizational talents saved thousands of Jews from being sent from Hungary to Nazi concentration camps. Wallenberg came from a wealthy and influential Swedish banking family. Writing in a direct and adulatory tone, Borden [STARRED REVIEW]
This is a detailed biography of a “righteous Gentile” whose intelligence, courage, and organizational talents saved thousands of Jews from being sent from Hungary to Nazi concentration camps. Wallenberg came from a wealthy and influential Swedish banking family. Writing in a direct and adulatory tone, Borden carefully chronicles his life, beginning with his birth in 1912 to his mysterious disappearance at the hands of the Soviets after they liberated Hungary from the Nazis at the end of the war. To this day, apparently nobody knows what became of him. Only a citizen from a neutral country like Sweden had any chance of negotiating on behalf of the Jews, and Wallenberg persevered against great odds. Borden’s extensive research is evident throughout. Abundant photographs add immediacy to the narrative, and the double-spaced text and wide margins make the book accessible to students with reading difficulties. An extensive bibliography, a list of archive sources, and another of video recordings are appended. This volume adds to the scholarship about Wallenberg already found in Sharon Linnea’s Raoul Wallenberg: The Man Who Stopped Death (Jewish Pubn. Society, 1993).—Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
7 1/2" x 10"
Level 7.2; Points: 2;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 10.2; Points: 6;