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Lost Hero: Raoul Wallenberg's Dramatic Quest to Save the Jews of Hungary

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Toward the end of the last World War, during six months of incredible heroism, commitment, and ingenuity, Raoul Wallenberg, a charismatic young Swede, saved 100,000 Jewish men, women, and children from the gas chambers of Auschwitz. In 1945, perhaps imagining he was a spy, the Soviets entrapped him. Wallenberg disappeared into the Gulag, and today his fate is still ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 12th 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 1986)
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MsBrie
Sep 20, 2007 MsBrie rated it it was amazing


I stumbled upon this at the local library. I have always been interested in the life of Raoul Wallenberg, especially after attending the annual "Wallenberg Lectures" and viewing the plaque dedicated to him at my University.



My Review:

Part 1: This novel chronicles the life and work of Raoul Wallenberg as he attempts (and in many cases succeeds) in rescuing approx 100,000 Jews of Hungary.

Part 1 follows Wallenberg as he becomes a diplomat, creates and prints off safe passes, distributes the passes
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Bart Hendrix
The first half was definitely the most interesting to read. It contains accounts of the miracles performed by saint Wallenberg amidst an orgy of Nazi violence.

The second half deals with the search for Wallenberg after his capture by the Sovjets. Nice to read, but this section takes up too many pages if you ask me.
The book is the story of a hero, not of a mortal. And I suppose that's why the spy-thesis doesn't quite the get the attention it deserves here..
Jennifer Nunez
Aug 11, 2016 Jennifer Nunez rated it really liked it
Stories of heroism have always fascinated me and boy is this one of them! I had heard of Wallenberg while reading some stories on the Yad Vashem website, but this book went into great detail. His intelligence and boldness was incredible for his time. This is a person to "have to dinner" in that game.... "If you could invite anyone to dinner".
Rachel
Oct 26, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
I was intrigued by the story, and certainly by the life of this brave man who was incredibly brazen in the way he, as a Swedish Diplomat, saved so many Jews from the Nazis in Hungary. The writing felt more expose to me, and a little too much conspiracy theory.
Sara
Aug 02, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography, 1900-2000
It was good because it expanded my insight on the Second World War and the Holocaust but wasn't very well written. It dragged quite a bit and I was relieved when it was finally done.
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More information about World War 2 that I had never read before. Across the board informative and inspiring.
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