His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During World War II

By: Louise Borden

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.

ISBN: 9780618507559

JLG Release: Mar 2012


Sensitive Areas: Guns, Discrimination, War, Violence
Topics: Raoul Wallenberg (1912-1947) , Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust , Jewish Holocaust (1939-1945) , World War II (1939-1945) , Rescue of Jews , Sweden

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Awards & Honors

NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2013, Biography; 2013 Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

[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
[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

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How does a Swedish schoolboy grow up to be a hero who saved tens of thousands of lives during World War II? Raoul Wallenberg was raised to be a “citizen of the world,” and his world travels and American education (at the University of Michigan) served him well. Later, when the world was at war, his facility with five languages and his n How does a Swedish schoolboy grow up to be a hero who saved tens of thousands of lives during World War II? Raoul Wallenberg was raised to be a “citizen of the world,” and his world travels and American education (at the University of Michigan) served him well. Later, when the world was at war, his facility with five languages and his neutral passport landed him a job as a trade representative for an export-import business. It was in Hungary in 1944 that Wallenberg became involved in trying to save the Jews of Budapest and in so doing became “the world’s eyes and ears . . . the world’s conscience and voice.” He issued thousands of schutzpasse, providing Jews with the protection of the Royal Swedish Government, and when he didn’t have time to save individuals, he created collective passports. He set up Swedish houses in Budapest to protect Jews and traveled to train stations, the city brickyard, and barges on the Danube to save Jews. In this thoroughly researched and well-documented volume, Borden has used the power of free verse and vigorous language to infuse the text with an energy perfect for revealing Wallenberg’s deeds, if not the inner life of the man. After the war, Wallenberg disappeared in Russian prisons, but his story continues to remind us that one person can indeed make a difference. Appended with an author’s note, “more on Raoul Wallenberg’s story,” a multimedia bibliography, and an index (unseen).

Book Details

ISBN

9780618507559

First Release

March 2012

Genre

Dewey Classification

940.53/18092 B

Trim Size

7 1/2" x 10"

Page Count

144

Accelerated Reader

Level 7.2; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 10.2; Points: 6;

Lexile

Level 1080L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Guns, Discrimination, War, Violence

Topics

Raoul Wallenberg (1912-1947), Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust, Jewish Holocaust (1939-1945), World War II (1939-1945), Rescue of Jews, Sweden,

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