His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During WWII

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His Name Was Raoul WallenbergWhat the Book is About:

Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat to Hungary, risked his life to save thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War Two. This superbly researched biography, complete with illustrations, maps, and photos, documents his heroism and is chock full of messages of tolerance, courage, and willingness to make a difference. Kids (and adults!) will be inspired by the bravery and daring of this extraordinary man. This book won the gold medal in the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Awards.

Jewish Content and Values

  • This book takes place mostly in Budapest during World War Two with a focus on Jewish life under the Nazis. 
  • There are a few passages describing life in Haifa, Palestine, during the 1930s.

Positive Role Models

Raoul Wallenberg’s rescue missions saved many lives. He was a true hero and role model for all.

Content Advisory

This inspiring book takes place against the terrible backdrop of the Holocaust and documents Raoul Wallenberg’s heroics in saving Jews from certain death at the hands of the Nazis. Non-graphic factual information includes Jews being grabbed from their homes, starved, beaten, deported via cattle cars, drowned in the Danube, and shot may affect young readers, particularly those unfamiliar with Holocaust history. 

Talk it Over

Raoul Wallenberg was only one man, and yet he saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis. What do you think gave him the courage to do what he did?

More For You

The Talmud (Mishna Sanhedrin 4:5) says: He who has saved one life, it is as if he has saved an entire world. We can learn three important life lessons from this statement. First, the obvious: saving human life is paramount. Second, no one life is more valuable than another: just as humanity was created from a single man, Adam, none can say that his ancestors are greater than someone else’s (since we are all descended from the same person.) And if the saving of one life is equivalent to saving an entire world, then we can also extrapolate that the world was created for our individual sake and behave accordingly. 

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