Lost Hero: The Mystery of Raoul Wallenberg

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In 1944 Raoul Wallenberg, a businessman, playboy and member of one of Sweden's most wealthy and aristocratic families, volunteered to go to Budapest as a diplomat for the purpose of saving Hungarian Jews from Hitler's Final Solution. During the next six months, through espionage, bribery, threats, and, when all else failed, stirring acts of personal courage, he managed to rescue tens of thousands of Jews. Lost Hero describes Wallenberg's metamorphosis from diplomat to guerilla fighter; his alliance with the beautiful Baroness Kemeny, the wife of one of Hungary's most prominent fascists; his frequent duels with Adolf Eichmann over Jewish lives; and the many occasions on which he personally rescued individual Jews from Eichmann's death trains. Wallenberg's crusade was suddenly halted when, after a mysterious meeting with Soviet officers, he vanished. Repeated sightings of him in the Gulag since the war have led many to believe that he is still alive. Through sources exclusive to the authors, Lost Hero discloses for the first time the truth about Wallenberg's disappearance and the international scandal and cover-up surrounding the Wallenberg affair, and reveals at last what really happened to the imprisoned Raoul Wallenberg in Russia.

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Thurston Clarke has written eleven widely acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including three New York Times Notable Books. He lives in upstate New York.

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