Raoul Wallenberg

Secretary of the Swedish Legation in Budapest, Hungary, 1944-45

Wallenberg issued Swedish diplomatic papers to more than 30,000 Hungarian Jews. He prevented the Nazis from deporting and murdering Jews in the death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. With his staff of Jewish volunteers, Wallenberg rescued thousands of Jews who were being forced on death marches. He also established dozens of safe houses throughout Budapest. He tirelessly protected the safe houses from Nazi and Arrow Cross raids. In January 1945, Raoul Wallenberg was arrested by the Russians and disappeared. He has been honored all over the world for his activities.