REIGN OF TERROR: The Budapest Memoirs


REIGN OF TERROR: The Budapest Memoirs

VALDEMAR LANGLET    Book Number: 86385    Product format: Hardback

Born in Stockholm in 1872, Langlet was a gifted linguist and early supporter of Esperanto. He worked as a journalist for a leading newspaper, visiting the new Soviet Union in 1923. In 1931 he moved to Budapest with his second wife. Although not as well known as Raouel Wallenberg, Valdemar was the saviour of thousands of Jews in Budapest in the last two years of WWII. Entirely without the permission or the financial support of the Swedish Red Cross, he issued so-called 'Letters of Protection', passport-like documents with official-looking stamps that frequently saved Hungarian Jews from deportation to the death camps. Then when chaos broke out in the streets when the Germans put their Arrow Cross Allies in power, and the approaching Red Army threatened to turn the city into a battleground, he risked his life to shelter Jews and other refugees in safe houses throughout Budapest. He was clearly able to deal directly with Hungarian officials, who were often eager to have the protection of the Swedish Red Cross emblem on their own houses as the war drew closer to the capital, and later with the Soviet commanders who took control after fierce fighting had destroyed much of the city of Budapest. This is a first-hand account of the Nazi terror 1944-45 and how many thousands of Jews were saved from the Holocaust, here in first ever English translation. 187pp, 13 illustrations.
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ISBN 9781848326590
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