Raoul Wallenberg biography

Raoul Wallenberg

Diplomat, Deceased Person

1912 – 1947

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Who was Raoul Wallenberg?

Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. He is widely celebrated for his successful efforts to rescue between tens of thousands and one hundred thousand Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust from Hungarian Fascists and the Nazis during the later stages of World War II. While serving as Sweden's special envoy in Budapest between July and December 1944, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory saving tens of thousands of lives.

On January 17, 1945, during the Siege of Budapest by the Red Army, Wallenberg was detained by Soviet authorities on suspicion of espionage and subsequently disappeared. He was later reported to have died on July 17, 1947, while imprisoned by communist authorities, and KGB secret police in the Lubyanka, a building located in Moscow, Russia, housing both the KGB headquarters and its affiliated prison.

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Born
Aug 4, 1912
Lidingö Municipality
Also known as
  • Рауль Густав Валленберг
  • Рауль Валенберґ
Parents
Siblings
Ethnicity
  • Swedes
Nationality
  • Sweden
Profession
Education
  • University of Michigan
    ( - 1935)
  • Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Died
Jul 17, 1947
Soviet Union

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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