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Raoul Wallenberg

1912 - 1947

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Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg (4 August 1912 – disappeared 17 January 1945) was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat, and humanitarian. He saved thousands of Jews in German-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust from German Nazis and Hungarian fascists during the later stages of World War II. While serving as Sweden's special envoy in Budapest between July and December 1944, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings which he declared as Swedish territory.On 17 January 1945, during the Siege of Budapest by the Red Army, agents of SMERSH detained Wallenberg on suspicion of espionage, and he subsequently disappeared. In 1957, 12 years after his disappearance, he was reported by Soviet authorities to have died of a suspected myocardial infarction on 17 July 1947 while imprisoned in the Lubyanka, the prison at the headquarters of the NKVD secret police in Moscow. A document released in 2023 as part of The President John F. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Raoul Wallenberg has received more than 2,248,086 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Raoul Wallenberg is the 11th most popular diplomat (down from 10th in 2019), the 49th most popular biography from Sweden (down from 40th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Swedish Diplomat.

Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. He was captured by the Soviet Union in 1945 and never seen again.

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Among diplomats, Raoul Wallenberg ranks 11 out of 52Before him are Dag Hammarskjöld, Ban Ki-moon, John Jay, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Alexandra Kollontai, and Ferdinand de Lesseps. After him are Madeleine Albright, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Folke Bernadotte, Mohamed ElBaradei, John R. Bolton, and Alva Myrdal.

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Among people born in 1912, Raoul Wallenberg ranks 17Before him are Heinrich Harrer, John Cage, Carlo Ponti, Clara Petacci, János Kádár, and Alfredo Stroessner. After him are Jorge Amado, Khalid of Saudi Arabia, Chuck Jones, Adolf Galland, Millvina Dean, and Hanna Reitsch. Among people deceased in 1947, Raoul Wallenberg ranks 13Before him are Kurt Lewin, Philipp Lenard, Christian X of Denmark, Jozef Tiso, Victor Horta, and George II of Greece. After him are Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Alfred North Whitehead, Halford Mackinder, Ettore Bugatti, Black Dahlia, and Han van Meegeren.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Raoul Wallenberg ranks 49 out of 1,612Before him are Ulrika Eleonora, Queen of Sweden (1688), Klas Pontus Arnoldson (1844), Princess Märtha of Sweden (1901), Eric XIV of Sweden (1533), Astrid of Sweden (1905), and Charles XV of Sweden (1826). After him are Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten (1906), Erik Axel Karlfeldt (1864), Pär Lagerkvist (1891), Axel von Fersen the Younger (1755), Gunnar Nordahl (1921), and Dolph Lundgren (1957).

Among DIPLOMATS In Sweden

Among diplomats born in Sweden, Raoul Wallenberg ranks 2Before him are Dag Hammarskjöld (1905). After him are Folke Bernadotte (1895), Alva Myrdal (1902), and Hans Blix (1928).