His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During WW II
His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During WW II
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Annotation: Tells the story of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish humanitarian who saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, issuing passports and providing housing.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #52915
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Pages: 135 pages
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ISBN: Publisher: 0-618-50755-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-51441-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-618-50755-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-51441-6
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2011003451
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
One of the most famous rescuers of all time, Raoul Wallenberg used his power as a wealthy influential Swedish diplomat in Hungary during WWII to outwit the Nazis and save tens of thousands of Jews by providing them with documents that gave them the protection of neutral Sweden. Based on Borden's years of intensive personal research, including interviews and archival sources, this account written in rapid-reading free verse ("The days were uncertain, / and the city held its breath") is presented in a spacious, accessible format that includes lots of historic and personal photos, documents, and profiles of victims and heroes. Borden skillfully places the biographical story in historical context, including the horror of the genocide and what Wallenberg was saving the Jews from the ruthless, pro-Nazi Arrow Cross thugs, the death marches, concentration camps, and gas chambers. There is also the mystery of Wallenberg's disappearance in Soviet prisons. With extensive back matter for students' further research, this is an important addition to the Holocaust curriculum.
Kirkus Reviews
An exceptional individual is brought at last to the up-close-and-personal attention of young readers. Raoul Wallenberg, born into a distinguished Swedish family in 1912, was destined for greatness. Outgoing, intelligent, artistic, fluent in multiple languages and deeply imbued with strong moral courage, he traveled the world from a young age. A sense of his life's purpose developed while on business in Budapest in the mid-1940s. There he witnessed firsthand the Nazis' brutal treatment of Hungary's Jews. Eventually assigned to the neutral Swedish legation in Budapest, Wallenberg, on his own and with fellow outraged diplomats, labored tirelessly and at great personal risk to provide special documents and to adopt other measures that brought thousands of Hungarian Jews under royal Swedish protection, thus sparing them from deportation and death. Borden describes this hero's extraordinary life and exploits in free verse, which makes for fast-paced, exciting (though sometimes choppy) reading. Her research has been impeccable, and she has included a wealth of personal and historic detail. The contemporary photos, documents and maps are excellent and place events in lucid context. Readers will be fascinated by the story of this laudable man--and shocked by his ignoble capture and mysterious imprisonment by the Russians at the end of the war. Details about Wallenberg's final days remain unknown. Moving and inspiring; Wallenberg's is a name to remember for all time, and Borden has done an admirable job of ensuring readers will. (epilogue, author's note, bibliography, sources) (Biography. 11 & up)
Publishers Weekly
Borden (The Journey That Saved Curious George) gives readers a powerful directive at the outset of her biography-in-verse of humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg: -Look closely/ at this faded school picture from Sweden./ Find the student whose number is 19... Now you,/ and others,/ can become the storytellers/ of this boy-s remarkable life.- The subsequent myriad details about Wallenberg-s privileged upbringing in his native Sweden and abroad might not be as compelling, but the book-s urgency and momentum pick up as WWII gets underway. The reason for Wallenberg-s remarkableness becomes clear halfway through the book: his plan to save thousands of Hungarian Jews trapped in Budapest using Swedish protection documents and safe houses was both daring and effective. Complemented by photographs, maps, and other documents, the narrative is neither rhythmic nor rhyming; though the layout divides lengthy passages into less daunting chunks, it-s unclear that Wallenberg-s story, while fascinating, benefits in any significant way from being told in verse. Wallenberg-s mysterious fate in the hands of Russian captors adds another dimension to a life full of ingenuity, compassion, and bravery. Ages 12-up. (Jan.)

School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 7&11;10&12; This is a detailed biography of a "righteous Gentile" whose intelligence, courage, and organizational talents saved thousands of Jews from being sent from Hungary to Nazi concentration camps. Wallenberg came from a wealthy and influential Swedish banking family. Writing in a direct and adulatory tone, Borden carefully chronicles his life, beginning with his birth in 1912 to his mysterious disappearance at the hands of the Soviets after they liberated Hungary from the Nazis at the end of the war. To this day, apparently nobody knows what became of him. Only a citizen from a neutral country like Sweden had any chance of negotiating on behalf of the Jews, and Wallenberg persevered against great odds. Borden's extensive research is evident throughout. Abundant photographs add immediacy to the narrative, and the double-spaced text and wide margins make the book accessible to students with reading difficulties. An extensive bibliography, a list of archive sources, and another of video recordings are appended. This volume adds to the scholarship about Wallenberg already found in Sharon Linnea's Raoul Wallenberg: The Man Who Stopped Death (Jewish Pubn. Society, 1993).&12; Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A faithful (if relatively clean) version of the world's oldest surviving complete novel, written "for librarians, teachers, scholars, and extremely intelligent children," according to the afterword. Usher (Wise Guy: The Life and Philosophy of Socrates, 2005) frames his adaptation as a tale within a tale in which the author meets two travelers on the road. He listens as one describes how he was transformed into an ass by reckless use of a stolen magical ointment, is mistreated in turn by robbers, "eunuch priests" (homosexual con men, in the original) and other rough handlers--then transformed at long last into a human boy by the goddess Isis. Though all of the sex and most of the dissolute behavior has been excised, the lad's first transformation is milked throughout for double entendres--"Oh no!" gasps a witness. "You've made an ass of yourself!"--and there are plenty of silly incidents and names (silly in Latin, anyway, like a dopey Centurion dubbed Decius Verissimus Stultus) to lighten the overall tone. Motley's elaborate illustrated initials and pen-and-ink drawings add satiric bite ("Eat roses from my bosom," intones Isis mystically, floating over awed worshipers like a divine Vanna White) and further comic elements. So thoroughly reworked that even the original's most famous imbedded story, "Cupid and Psyche," is relegated to an appendix, this nonetheless conveys a clear sense of Apuleius' plot, language and major themes. An entertaining romp, even without the raunchy bits. (afterword) (Classic. 11-14)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 132-133) and index.
Word Count: 13,732
Reading Level: 7.2
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.2 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 148271 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:10.2 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q56672
Lexile: 1080L
Guided Reading Level: Y
Fountas & Pinnell: Y

An amazing and inspirational World War II story about how one man saved the lives of many. Raoul Wallenberg's name may not be a universally familiar one, but the impact he had is immeasurable. Wallenberg was a Swedish humanitarian who worked in Budapest during World War II to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. He did this by issuing protective passports and housing Jews in buildings established as Swedish territory, saving tens of thousands of lives. Louise Borden researched Wallenberg's life for many years, visiting with his family and the site of his childhood home, andlearned his story from beginning to end. Wallenberg himself has not been heard from since 1945. It is suspected he died while in Russian custody, though this has never been proven. Raoul Wallenberg . . . it's a name you may not have known, but you'll never forget his story.

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