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Ingrid Carlberg

Translated from the Swedish by Ebba Segerberg

Paperback - B-format - 640p - £12.99 - 02/11/2017 - 9781848665965


An Honorary Citizen of the U.S.A., and designated as one of the Righteous among the Nations by Israel, Raoul Wallenberg's heroism in Budapest at the height of the Holocaust saved countless lives, and ultimately cost him his own.

A series of unlikely coincidences led to the appointment of Wallenberg, by trade a poultry importer, as Sweden's Special Envoy to Budapest in 1944. With remarkable bravery, Wallenberg created a system of protective passports, and sheltered thousands of desperate Jews in buildings he claimed were Swedish libraries and research institutes.

As the war drew to a close, his invaluable work almost complete, Wallenberg voluntarily went to meet with the Soviet troops who were relieving the city. Arrested as a spy, Wallenberg disappeared into the depths of the Soviet system, never to be seen again.

For this seminal biography, Ingrid Carlberg has carried out unprecedented research into all elements of Wallenberg's life, narrating with vigour and insight the story of a heroic life, and navigating with wisdom and sensitivity the truth about his disappearance and death.


"A truly fascinating, subtle and revelatory portrait of this enigmatic character and perhaps the closest any historian has got to the real man and the truth of his fate" SIMON SEBAG MONTIFIORE

"Ingrid Carlberg's superb biography will doubtless be regarded as the standard work on Wallenberg. Richly detailed and thoroughly researched . . . an atmospheric read that brings to life an extraordinary story of resistance and bravery during Europe's darkest hours" ADAM LEBOR, Literary Review

"Authoritative and comprehensive" MAX HASTINGS, Sunday Times

"A fresh and forensic portrait of Raoul Wallenberg . . . Carlberg has unearthed a staggering amount of detail" MONICA PORTER, Jewish Chronicle

"Absorbing, masterful . . . a riveting biography of a remarkable man" Kirkus Review