Raoul Wallenmberg

Overview of Holocaust

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews . rs. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire." In 1933, the Jweis Eroupe population stood at over 9 million. Most European Jews lived in countries that Nazi Germany would occupy or influence during World war 2 . By 1945, the Germans and their collaborators killed nearly 2 out of every three European Jews as part of the "Final solution ," the Nazi policy to murder the Jews of Europe.

Definition/Background Information


In the waning days of World War 2 Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish businessman-turned-diplomat based in Budapest, was responsible for the rescue of thousands–some estimates are as high as 100,000–of Hungarian Jews from extermination by the Nazis. Wallenberg handed out protective passports and set up safe houses for Jews, among other life-saving measures. In January 1945, he was detained by Soviet forces for reasons unknown, somewhere outside of Budapest, and never heard from again. Years later, Soviet officials admitted to taking Wallenberg into custody, but stated he had died of a heart attack in a Moscow prison in 1947. In the ensuing decades, various sources claimed that Wallenberg was still alive and being held by the Russians. While his exact fate remains a mystery, he has received numerous accolades for his humanit

Original Research Question

I wonder what happened to Raoul Wallenberg? , in the book it says that his family just like everyone else was wondering what happened to the hero of Budapest.


What made Raoul want to save people and become a hero?

Quote

I encounter one example after another of how relative truth is ~ Raoul

I will never be able to go back to Sweden without knowing inside myself that if done all a man could do to save as many Jews as possible

Citations

"Introduction to the Holocaust." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.


Linnéa, Sharon. Raoul Wallenberg: The Man Who Stopped Death. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1993. Print.