The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europa in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II
“Kershaw dramatically pulls the reader into the diabolical campaign of Adolf Eichmann…With the nail-biting suspense of a winning novelist, Kershaw uses solid research and anecdotal data to show how it felt to be just one step ahead of the SS … Alex Kershaw has delivered a masterpiece about Raul Wallenberg, as witnessed from every perspective.”– New York Journal of Books
In July 1944, thirty-two-year-old Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg arrived in Budapest on a mission to rescue the last Jews of Europe. Over the next six months, Wallenberg rescued thousands of Jews by issuing diplomatic “safe passage” passes and establishing numerous “safe houses” throughout the city.
Defying mass murderer Adolf Eichmann and crazed Hungarian fascists while enduring one of the bloodiest sieges of World War II, Wallenberg risked his life repeatedly to save tens of thousands of lives. Tragically, when Budapest was finally liberated by the Soviets, the Holocaust’s greatest hero had disappeared into the Soviet gulag; to this day his exact fate is unknown.