The Envoy

The Envoy

The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II

Book - 2010
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December 1944. Soviet and German troops fight from house to house in the shattered, corpse-strewn suburbs of Budapest. Crazed Hungarian fascists join with die-hard Nazis to slaughter Jews day and night, turning the Danube blood-red. In less than six months, thirty-eight-year-old SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann has sent over half a million Hungarians to the gas chambers in Auschwitz. Now all that prevents him from liquidating Europe's last Jewish ghetto is an unarmed Swedish diplomatic envoy named Raoul Wallenberg.

The Envoy is the stirring tale of how one man made the greatest difference in the face of untold evil. The legendary Oscar Schindler saved hundreds, but Raoul Wallenberg did what no other individual or nation managed to do: He saved more than 100,000 Jewish men, women, and children from extermination.

Written with Alex Kershaw's customary narrative verve, The Envoy is a fast-paced, nonfiction thriller that brings to life one of the darkest and yet most inspiring chapters of twentieth century history. It is an epic for the ages.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780306815577
Characteristics: xiii, 294 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps, ports. ;,24 cm.

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Apr 27, 2014

Excellent book about Raoul Wallenberg's incredible mission to save the last Jewish community left in Nazi Europe. He saved 100,000 Jews! Why doesn't everybody know about him? Several characters to follow so try to read on consecutive days. Wallenberg was steadfast in his rescue mission despite facing great danger. The last days of Budapest were horrific. The local Nazis made the German ones look reasonable...

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catslib
Aug 12, 2012

Worth reading. Several characters to follow so try to read on consecutive days. Wallenberg was steadfast in his rescue mission despite facing great danger. The last days of Budapest were horrific. The local Nazis made the German ones look reasonable...

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coalbanks
May 13, 2011

Kershaw creates a diary of the destruction of the Hungarian Jews, the killers, the creators of the Final Solution to the Jewish Question, the victims & survivors, the few who attempted to save the Jews, those who did nothing.

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May 13, 2011

NKVD interrogator of Wallenberg's associates:
Q:Who is he? Why is he here?
A: he came to save Jews.
Q: Lies! He was a spy for the Germans! Do you think anyone would stay here under siege for "humanitarian reasons" when they could have stayed in thier nice peaceful, neutral country?

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