“Read this book and you will reach the painful conclusion that victory over the killers was possible....When leaders of the free world said ‘we did not know,’ they were not telling the truth. They knew. Others stated that they were powerless to anything....They were not powerless. The best proof: Raoul Wallenberg....He was the great hero.”
— Elie Wiesel
The first-hand testimony of an important participant, this is the privileged account of the heroic activities of Raoul Wallenberg, the young Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Budapest’s Jews in the closing days of World War II — and who then disappeared behind Soviet lines, never to be heard from again.
Per Anger was a friend and colleague of Wallenberg. He writes of the Swedish delegation’s efforts, led by Wallenberg, to help save Jews from the Nazi death machine. He also reports the terror and confusion of the city under fire when half was held by the Germans and half by the Red Army.
Since 1945 the Western efforts to find Wallenberg in the Gulag and effect his release have been unavailing. This book presents the latest information about his fate. From the book cover.
“A tale of transcendental heroism.”
— Time Magazine
Per Anger was born in Göteborg, Sweden, in 1913. Upon graduating from Uppsala University in 1939 he entered the diplomatic service and was assigned to the Swedish Foreign Office in Stockholm. His first foreign assignment was in 1940 when he joined the staff of the Swedish embassy in Berlin. He was transferred to Budapest in 1942. There as an attaché in the Embassy he became involved in the rescue of the persecuted Hungarian Jews then being carried on by several neutral governments and by the International Red Cross.
In July 1944, Raoul Wallenberg arrived in Budapest and Per Anger became his close and devoted collaborator in the noble humanitarian mission of saving Hungarian Jews from deportations to the gas chambers of Auschwitz.
Raoul Wallenberg saved about 25,000 Jews directly and another 70,000 indirectly. In a tense, dramatic account Per Anger relates their experiences in Budapest during those fateful years 1944–45. He recounts his associations with Raoul Wallenberg in his rescue work and tells of Wallenberg’s tragic fate after his arrest by the Russians.
After the war Per Anger was assigned to various posts in the Swedish Foreign Office. Abroad he served at the Swedish embassies in Cairo, Addis Ababa, Paris, and Vienna. In 1961 he was appointed consul general in San Francisco, where he stayed for five years. His last assignments were as Sweden’s ambassador to Australia in 1970, and to Canada in 1976. He retired in December 1979 after forty years of distinguished diplomatic service to his country.