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Wallenberg: Missing Hero

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  409 ratings  ·  61 reviews
A fearless young Swede whose efforts saved countless Hungarian Jews from certain death at the hands of Adolf Eichmann, Raoul Wallenberg was one of the true heroes to emerge during the Nazi occupation of Europe.
Paperback, 251 pages
Published January 17th 1995 by Arcade Publishing (first published 1982)
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Bou
Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat, may have saved up to more than 100.000 Hungarian Jews from the claws of the Nazi's. The story is placed against the background of the political events during the latter stages of the war. Hungary, up till then a (unwillingly) ally of Germany, was able to have a degree of political independence resulting in the safeguarding of its large Jewish population. However, after Hungary declared itself to the Allied side, it was quickly overrun by the German army. In ...more
Lewis Weinstein
My wife and I were in Budapest some years ago and I read Kati Marton's book while living where Wallenberg had been. We stayed in an old building on the street where roundups had occurred, perhaps even from our apartment. We stood alone at the Wallenberg memorial on the outskirts of the city and felt his presence. How angry we were at the Russians who took this hero from a world which had great need of such men, then and now. Marton has written a magnificent account of what is known and what is l ...more
Kate
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii, non-fiction
I had heard of Raoul Wallenberg referenced in other book about the last year before the fall of Germany in books about Hungary. I had placed this book on my 'to read' list. It was a very moving account about a young man who dared to confront the Nazi occupiers of Budapest and the thugs of the Hungarian Nazi Party, Arrow Cross. He was selected for a special mission, to go to Budapest under the color of the Swedish Legation to do what he could do to save the last remnants of European Jewry.
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Claudia Moscovici
A Holocaust hero in Hungary: The courage of Raoul Wallenberg

The Talmud states: “Whoever destroys a soul, it is as if he destroyed the whole world. And whoever saves a life, it is as if he saved the whole world” (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:9, Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin 37a). There’s so much wisdom in this saying, which also resonates with history. The Nazis did everything in their power to destroy the whole Jewish race while Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat, did everything he could to sa
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Evelyn
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
If only Goodreads allowed 1/2 stars...this book justly deserves 4.5 stars.

Originally written in the 1980s when the author, and likely much of world opinion, still held out hope of wresting Raoul Wallenberg from the depths of the Soviet Gulag, this book tells the heartbreaking story of the Swedish diplomat who did more than anyone else to rescue Budapest's Jewish population in the waning days of WWII. Without doubt Wallenberg was a passionate, fearless and tireless advocate who saved thousands of
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Richard
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
In 1944, as the war was winding down in Europe, Raoul Wallenberg, a Swede, was sent to Budapest Hungary to do what he could to save the lives of the Jews living in that city. He is credited with saving 100,000 Jews from the Nazi gas chamber, forced marches, and brutal work camps. This is the story as told by Kati Marton who is a daughter of a married couple who were saved by Wallenberg. When Russia captured Budapest from the Nazis, Wallenberg was arrested as a spy and sent to various Gulags in R ...more
Jennifer Mangler
I've only ever known bits and pieces about Wallenberg, so I very much appreciate the fuller picture I now have of him thanks to this book. What he accomplished is simply amazing, and how the world failed him is heartbreaking. More people should know his story.
Edwin Martin
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The writing is not what makes this a great read. The facts of this man's life are what is amazing. The way he used his diplomatic position and ability to "read" people to his advantage in dealing with German Nazis and their Hungarian accomplices to save a majority of the Jews of Budapest from the death camps; all this makes him a remarkable man in service to all humanity.

Then in the 2nd part of the book, we go from Wallenberg's well documented story in Hungary to the murky unknown of his suppose
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Eugenea Pollock
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: car-books
The only reason that I did not rate this book "5" is because the digital version is riddled with annoying, inexplicable odd letter/number inclusions. So I recommend reading a physical copy of this. That being said, the story is riveting in its appeal, both inspiring as an example of the nobility of the human spirit and heart-breaking in its tale of how family, friends, and country ultimately failed to save the savior.

Raoul Wallenberg, a 33-year-old first-time Swedish diplomat stationed in the K
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Mary L.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How could we the people let this happen to such a wonderful man? It was an incredible story but very depressing. This truly shows how evil can sometimes get the upper hand just because good men do nothing. It also shows how much good one person can do when he puts his mind and energy into it.
Dr.J.G.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The title is indeed apt, Raoul Wallenberg's is the story that refutes all cynicism and reminds one that virtues such as selfless nobility of soul and character is not imaginary, it can and does exist in this very world that would often enough make one believe to the contrary - and for the latter tendency there is good reason! People, masses, or individuals without hope are easier to control, to use in service of any vicious act and plan at all. But then there are the rare souls such as Raoul Wal ...more
Dr.J.G.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition



The title is indeed apt, Raoul Wallenberg's is the story that refutes all cynicism and reminds one that virtues such as selfless nobility of soul and character is not imaginary, it can and does exist in this very world that would often enough make one believe to the contrary - and for the latter tendency there is good reason! People, masses, or individuals without hope are easier to control, to use in service of any vicious act and plan at all. But then there are the rare souls such as Raoul Wal
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David Benefry
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Wallenberg” by Kati Marton – The Lone Saviour of Jewish Hungary

Kati Marton Unveils Another Relic

In her biography simply titled Wallenberg, Kati Marton takes it upon herself to tell us the rather incredible story of this Swedish aristocrat who went out of his way to save thousands upon thousands of Jews from the clutches of the Nazis, using his cunning and ingenuity to navigate a bureaucratic and political maze that swallowed many. And what kind of reward did he get for all of his trouble, sacri
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Niklas Pivic
This is a book that succeeds in ambition, but fails in depth; while it is plainly and succinctly written, I feel it would have increased in rating if the style were more personal; here, there are a lot of anecdotes, of which a lot are smarmy, yet interesting; it's a bit "Schindler's List" which goes to serve memory and what the Holocaust was about, on a human level, but this is really not for historians, neither for people looking for an in-depth version of the Raoul Wallenberg story.

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Rick Fonda
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book I've read is simply entitled Wallenberg and is the Centennial Edition of Kati Marton's book. There is no 'Missing Hero' in the title of my copy. I presume it has been reissued with a slightly different title?
Raoul Wallenberg is one of those people who will likely and should be remembered hundreds if not thousands of years from now - so great were his accomplishments in Hungary rescuing tens of thousands from certain death at the hands of Adolf Eichmann and the Nazi death industry. Yet d
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Mary
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, ww-ii
A very important story about a very important international hero, Raoul Wallenberg, who courageously went to Budapest in 1944 and worked tirelessly to save the Jews from Eichmann's deadly mission. Wallenberg succeeded in saving nearly 100,000 of them. Then he was captured by the "liberating" Russians, who didn't want a national hero around when they took over, and who suspected him of being a spy, even a double agent. What other motive could he have possibly had for doing what he did? Surely if ...more
Wendy
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This went way back into the history of Hungary - some of it was needed to explain how it became a sort of Nazi ally and Soviet enemy. But it took a long time to get into Wallenberg's efforts. Good reporting, and very frustrating to know how the Soviets were NOT challenged by apathetical Swedish relatives, the Swedish and US governments (US asked Wallenberg to go to Hungary to save the Jews), or the "saved" Jews after the war. And sad that no one will really know when he died or how - none of the ...more
Susan
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. There was so much information about " the Jewish question" during WWII. Wallenberg was a fascinating man. The history of Hungary and how easily it allowed itself to be overrun a few times speaks to our current situation. The insights into the gulag system are not surprising.
Clarke
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An example of one person making a difference

I picked this up because in this era of small minded and ego-centric behavior by those representing our country I needed a reminder that there are (were) people motivated by high ideals and acted on those ideals at personal sacrifice. I hope some of our current decision makers take time to read this.
Tammy
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The story was a bit disjointed at the beginning, and I really wished to follow his story more specifically. The author gave important background but at times it seemed disconnected from his story. The book really "came together" in Chapter 12, "The Crucible", and closely followed his life from there.
Martina
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, a scathing inditement of the Soviets and all Western politicians. It appears that it would have been so easy to get Wallenberg freed from the gulag, had the West just wanted to. An unbelievable tragedy.
LynnB
A fascinating look at Hungary in WWII and a man who was a true hero in standing up for the Jews against the Nazi regime.
Ardys
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!
Rose
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an excellent, though heartbreaking, book!
Alexandra
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Erin Duffy
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars
Cecilia
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Sad story of a brave man.
Studebhawk
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Honor and Remembrance

On our tour of Budapest our guide narrated the story of the city and the history of the Hungarian people. Full of history and tradition, Budapest has more than enough sites to satisfy the most casual tourist on a summer vacation.
The story of Hungary during the WWII Nazi occupation is not an easy story to to tell. The brutal occupation by the Germans and the local Nazi thugs, the Arrow Cross local militia, left a wake of bloodshed, terror and death in it’s wake.
Around the
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David
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: form-2
Wallenberg: Missing Hero by Kati Marton presents the theme of selflessness. Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish Jew who saved hundreds of thousands of lives during world war two, willing to sacrifice himself in any way possible to help his people. Wallenberg, along with 400,000 other jews were sent to Budapest, Hungary to be left helpless to the hands of Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann planned to kill all of the jews he had, but Wallenberg helped save lives by getting protective passports to many people, br ...more
Karen
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book, wonderful man...Why did the world abandon him? As another reviewer said about him "He deserved better". Here was a very young man who put himself at risk to save Jews during World War II. This is an older book from 1982 I believe. I thought it was pretty well written, and answered most of the questions I had about Wallenberg. The questions that remain have to be answered by the Soviet Union. I don't suppose they will ever tell us the real story about what happened to Wallenberg, ...more
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Kati Marton is an award-winning former correspondent for NPR and ABC News. She is the author of eight books, the most recent of which is the New York Times-bestselling memoir Paris: A Love StoryEnemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her other works include The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World, Hidden P ...more
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