Raoul Wallenberg (August 4, 1912 – July 16, 1947?) was a Swedish humanitarian sent to Budapest, Hungary under diplomatic cover to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. He was of the prominent Swedish Wallenberg family. Inspired by the the tale of the Scarlet Pimpernel, he worked to save the lives of Hungarian Jews in the later stages of World War II by issuing them protective passports from the Swedish embassy. These documents identified the bearers as Swedish nationals awaiting repatriation. It is impossible to determine exactly how many Jews were rescued by his actions, but Yad Vashem credits him with saving 15,000 lives … (full text, see also References).
Raoul Wallenberg (* 4. August 1912 in Kappsta bei Stockholm; Schicksal nur bis Mitte 1947 bekannt) war ein schwedischer Diplomat … (Biographie auf de.wikipedia).
Raoul Wallenberg – Sweden (1912 – 1947 ?)
… Raoul’s grandfather, Gustav Wallenberg, took care of Raoul’s education. The plan was for him to continue the family tradition and become a banker, but he was more interested in architecture and trade … (full long text on Jewish Virtual Library, not dated).
Introduction: Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat and businessman who saved a hundred thousand Jews from the Nazi Holocaust. If you ask anyone who Raoul Wallenberg is, the chances are, they haven?t heard of him. This great feat which he performed surely deserves more credit than that? Oskar Schindler, saved a thousand Jews from the holocaust. A mere figure compared to that of a hundred thousand. Schindler has had a book written about him, a film made about him, Raoul Wallenberg deserves more, and should be more well known to the world … (full long text on geocities, not dated).
… In Sweden the Wallenbergs were very famous. His father was a navy officer before he died. Having come from a line of bankers, his grandfather thought it was destined to be Raoul’s career, but Raoul had an interest for architecture and trade. His grandfather was the one who was to plan Raoul’s career for him. Raoul didn’t exactly want someone to plan his career for him, though. Raoul graduated from highschool, in 1930, with some of the highest grades in Russian and drawing. He then traveled to the United states to study architecture at the University of Michigan. It didn’t take him but three and a half years to graduate. He was awarded a medal for his high honors and having the most outstanding academic record … (full text).
… In addition to this playground, Wallenberg’s legacy graces three other Parks properties. Wallenberg Forest in the Bronx, Raoul Wallenberg Playground in Queen’s Forest Park, and the Raoul Wallenberg Monument adjacent to the United Nations in Manhattan were all named in his honor. Dedicated on November 9, 1998, the Raoul Wallenberg Monument lies on Raoul Wallenberg Walk at First Avenue and 47th Street. Commissioned by the Swedish consulate, Swedish sculptor Gustav Graitz is the designer of the monument. Kraitz’s piece, titled Hope, is comprised of a replica of Wallenberg’s briefcase, a sphere, five pillars of hewn black granite, and stones which once paved the streets of the Jewish ghetto in Budapest. The stones were a gift from the city of Budapest. These Parks’ properties remain a testament to a man whose altruism ensured the safety and survival of many human beings. (full text, July 19, 2000).
The RAOUL WALLENBERG PLAYGROUND, 1.45 acres.
Raoul Wallenberg rescued 100,000 Hungarian Jews. He provided them shelter, food, medical care, clothing, and fake Swedish citizenship for their safety. These acts of heroism made him famous and honored by different countries such as Canada, Israel, The United States, and Sweden. Raoul Wallenberg was part of the Swedish Wallenberg family who were famous bankers and diplomats. They also had a very good connection with the Royal family. Wallenberg was born on August 4, 1912. His parents were Raoul O. Wallenberg, an officer in the Royal Navy who died of cancer three months before Wallenberg the son was born, and Maj W. Wallenberg, who then married Fredrik von Dandel in 1918 … (full text).
Raoul Wallenberg, Hero of Humanity;
Swede Wallenberg’s Statue, in London;
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation on encyclopedia.com. (PEOPLE – Sister Rose Thering, subject of documentary film, honoured – Brief Article), from: National Catholic Reporter, 10/28/2005.