The Envoy: The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II

The Envoy The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II In July thirty two year old Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg arrived in Budapest on a mission to rescue the last Jews of Europe Over the next six months he repeatedly risked his life to save t

  • Title: The Envoy: The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II
  • Author: Alex Kershaw
  • ISBN: 9780306820434
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
  • In July 1944, thirty two year old Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg arrived in Budapest on a mission to rescue the last Jews of Europe.Over the next six months, he repeatedly risked his life to save tens of thousands of Jews, defying mass murderer Adolf Eichmann and crazed Hungarian fascists while enduring one of the bloodiest sieges of World War II Tragically, when BudapIn July 1944, thirty two year old Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg arrived in Budapest on a mission to rescue the last Jews of Europe.Over the next six months, he repeatedly risked his life to save tens of thousands of Jews, defying mass murderer Adolf Eichmann and crazed Hungarian fascists while enduring one of the bloodiest sieges of World War II Tragically, when Budapest was finally liberated, the Holocaust s greatest hero had disappeared into the Soviet gulag to this day, his exact fate is unknown.

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    • Alex Kershaw

      Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed best sellers The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, The Few, The Liberator, and Escape from the Deep, as well as biographies of Jack London, Raoul Wallenberg and Robert Capa His latest book is Avenue of Spies He lives in Massachusetts.

    527 thoughts on “The Envoy: The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II

    • This story is heartbreaking. Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat in Budapest during WW II who saved 100,000 Jews from the gas chambers. I had never heard of him until I picked up this book. He was a truly remarkable man. A quote that I thought to share:"Although most well-informed people have heard of Wallenberg today, many, including Jews, know less about him than about Oscar Schindler, who saved far fewer people and in any case profited from their forced labor.”

    • I found The Envoy browsing the library shelves. The subject matter being WWII, it jumped into my hands. What a fascinating book! I had heard the name Wallenberg but I honestly knew nothing about him or his work or really what went on in Hungary during WWII at all. It took me a bit longer than I expected to finish simply because some of the material was difficult to read and I found myself needing to take occasional emotional breaks and bury myself in Jane Austen or Emily Dickinson for a bit. Tha [...]

    • The mid 20th Century produced very few living saintsDietrich Bonhoeffer was onee other was Raoul Wallenberg. Alex Kershaw has written a searing and ugly tale about the dark times in Hungary during WW II. The only beams of light were the actions of a heroic Swedish diplomat named Raoul Wallenberg. Wallenburg swept into Budapest and saved hundreds of Jews being transported to the death camps. He faced down the Nazis day in and day out. He granted Swedish citizenship to the doomed and saved them fr [...]

    • I,had heard of Raoul Wallenberg many years ago, but I never had read anything about him or his mission.I found this edition on one of my many treks through the list of thrift stores I visit to look for books(addicted like everyone else).I thought this would be a good read but it was more than I hoped.Alex Kershaw has done a great service to the legacy of one of many hero's of the war.The daily struggles he endured with the SS, Adolph Eichmann,Arrow Cross etc to help the Jews of Budapest try to e [...]

    • I just returned from the Holocaust museum in Washington D.C. and was pleased to see a display devoted to Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat and the man responsible for rescuing tens of thousands of Jews. Kershaw is a tremendous historian and vividly contrasts the saintly Wallenberg with the devilish Eichmann in this work. Here is one of the greatest humanitarian stories to come out of World War II as well as a startling exposition of human depravity.

    • Another wonderful book by a wonderful author! I loved this great biography about an amazing man! Raoul Wallenberg is an inspiration, to all people, to stand up for what is right! I highly recommend this book to everyone! I love the way Alex Kershaw give first hand accounts and real diary entries etc I have not ran into any of his books that were dry. He is a great communicator.I particularly like the how he tells the end of their stories. After I read the book there were no questions like, "I wo [...]

    • I really wanted to know the story of Raoul Wallenberg. He is thought to have saved over 100,000 Jews during the Holocaust. The first third or so was not engaging but it picked up after that. Overall it is a quick short read if you are interested in his life/what people have discovered about his death as of 2009.

    • Imagine you have to grab your family and run out the door of your home with just the clothes on your back to escape the men coming to take you to Auschwitz. Imagine you look out the window and see your fiancée being led away by thugs on a forced march to the border. Imagine being forced to strip to your underwear and march in freezing weather to the banks of the Danube to be shot in the back of the head and dumped in the river. Imagine being forced into a cattle car on a train that will take yo [...]

    • A dramatic retelling of the 1944 Holocaust in Hungary with the emphasis on the efforts of Raul Wallenberg and other diplomats, Swiss as well as Swedish, to rescue the Jews of Budapest. Kershaw bases this book not only on extensive research into the official records of the period, including those of the Swedish foreign office and the recently available KGB files on Wallenberg, but, more significantly, on extensive interviews he conducted with survivors, with the people that Wallenburg rescued. Th [...]

    • In early 1944, Raoul Wallenberg, a young Swedish diplomat, arrived in Budapest, Hungary. His mission was to save as many Jewish lives as possible. For nearly a year Wallenberg worked tirelessly to save Jews from being sent to Auschwitz concentration camp.His actions infuriated Adolf Eichmann and the Hungarian Arrow Cross, who were determined to make sure every Jew in Hungary was exterminated. Wallenberg’s courageous actions placed his life in grave danger, but he refused to let threats deter h [...]

    • There are many books that tell the harrowing story of the World War 2 Holocaust and most deal with the ordeals of the concentration camps. This one deals more specifically with the fate of Hungarian Jews and in particular the situation in Budapest. Their terrors did not end with the drive of the German SS to exterminate the Jewish race. On the German withdrawal they suffered at the hands of the Hungarian fascist Arrow Cross who were even more bloody and crazy than the SS. Even the subsequent lib [...]

    • This book sets up two archrivals--the heroic Raoul Wallenberg and his nemesis, Final Solution master Adolph Eichmann, intertwined with the stories of several Jewish families in World War II Hungary and especially Budapest, then following them as much as possible after the war. Kershaw gives a little more information about the Wallenberg mystery than I've read in other sources. Overall this is a fine book on an aspect of World War II and Holocaust history,one of the better-written entries at this [...]

    • Alex Kershaw delivers again with a fast paced and confronting look at the plight of the Hungarian Jews and the efforts of one man to save as many as he could. Raoul Wallenberg is a name I had not come across before, now that I have I believe this man needs to be honored and remembered. By making sure this man does not get lost in the mist of history is important to remind us of what he fought for and to ensure it never happens again. Hats off to the author for bringing this incredible story to l [...]

    • Incredibly sobering. A reminder of what man is capable of when they reject God. Also a great example of the impact one man who stands for right can have.

    • A account of the holocaust in the normal grisly context. The book clears up what happened to Raoul Wallenberg while he was in the hands of the Soviets. It also reminds the reader of the evil of Eichmann. Despite all the reading I have done on the holocaust the book fills in or refreshes details. It rips my heart out to study the holocaust, but too much is being forgotten by the later generations and we must never forget.

    • The Envoy: The epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II, by Alex Kershaw, Narrated by George Guidall, Produced by recorded Books, downloaded from audible.This is a full-length investigation of the life of Raoul Wallenberg, a member of the Swedish embassy stationed in Hungary, who made it his mission to save as many Jews from the holocaust as possible. In the last few months of the war, Eichmann saw to it that about 400,000 Jews in Hungary were sent t [...]

    • I don't believe one could read this book and come to any other conclusion that Wallenberg will be forever (and correctly) known as one of the true heroes of WWII for saving as many lives as he did.

    • I read The Envoy. It was a very interesting book but very disconcerting of the Jews and how Germans treated them.It is the story of Jews that were living in Hungary and Poland when the Germans came in during the Second World War. They exterminated thousands of Jews, just because they were Jews. This book was hard to read because they skipped around so much. It was interesting to the point that this actually did happen. The end was a delight because of those that came to America. They were able t [...]

    • An absolute stunning look deep into the efforts of Raoul Wallenberg, a sympathetic upstander who risked his life to save as many Jews as possible from certain death in WWII Hungary. With the walls of war closing in from both directions Wallenberg, a Swede who did not carry the "neutrality" his political colleagues maintained, deftly finagled his way into reclaiming sentenced Jews of the Final Solution, determined to be wrought to fruition by the notorious Adolf Eichmann. But as the hours of the [...]

    • Incredible story of one of WWII's greatest heroes--a man many believe saved as the lives of as many as 100,000 Hungarian Jews. And yet how many people have heard of Wallenberg? This is an interesting and well-written book. The story is suspenseful and compelling.**spoiler alert**You can't help but wonder how the work of Oscar Schindler became well-known, yet Wallenberg's far greater achievements remain obscure. More to the point, why not a movie called Wallenberg's List? The answer is the terrib [...]

    • Certainly a fascinating read but I'm looking for another book about Wallenberg with more detail. He and his family are still not clearly explained to me.On the other hand, as much as I've read and studied WW2 and the persecution of the Jews, this book details the horror of day to day Buda-pest in the last year of the war. Eichmann is the obsessed SS officer and his fanaticism about ridding Europe of every last Jew and gaining the favor of the Hitler has never been better described. Right up unti [...]

    • I am stunned by the events described in this book, both murderous and heroic. As Adolph Eichmann and his accomplices, the Hungarian government, set out to systemically destroy every Jewish person living in the country, a young Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg successfully saved thousands. As a backdrop to the historical events, Alex Kershaw highlights a group of individuals who personally lived through the events, adding the authenticity of their experiences. The brutality was nightmarish and [...]

    • I am going with 5 stars even though it is closer to 4.5 or 4.25. I don't want to knock it with other ratings that do 3 or 4. It was a really good book on someone I had never heard about before. This guy really did help a lot of Jews live and saved them even if it was for a bit longer. He was truly dedicated to the cause. It was a really good read and had excellent quotes on that time period. The only thing I wished was that it was longer. In hardbook it was only 230 pages, which was a little lig [...]

    • This book tells the heroic story of Raoul Wallenberg, a brave Swedish diplomat who risked his life to save Europe's last Jews. Hungary had long resisted the Nazi demands that all Jews be handed over, but by mid-1944 even this last bastion had bowed to Eichmann's orders. The story told is fantastic and not nearly well-enough known, but I felt the book was padded with tangential details to achieve a salable length. 3.5 stars, rounded up.

    • The Envoy is Alex Kershaw’s testimonial to Raul Wallenberg and his campaign to save the Jews of Hungary from extermination by Nazi Germany in 1944. Bestselling author Kershaw dramatically pulls the reader into the diabolical campaign of Adolf Eichmann to send more than 250,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz. With the nail-biting suspense of a winning novelist, Kershaw uses solid research and anecdotal data to show how it felt to be just one step ahead of the SS and their cruel Hungarian proxies, [...]

    • Really interesting book. I liked how the authored blended historical views with the story. I'm ashamed that I had never heard of this man.

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