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 designated as Swedish territory.On 17 January 1945, during the Siege of Budapest by the Red Army, Wallenberg was detained by SMERSH on suspicion of espionage and subsequently disappeared. He was later reported to have died on 17 July 1947 while imprisoned in the Lubyanka, the prison at the headquarters of the KGB secret police in Moscow. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Raoul Wallenberg has received more than 1,656,988 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Raoul Wallenberg is the 10th most popular diplomat (up from 11th in 2019), the 40th most popular biography from Sweden (up from 48th 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 10 out of 51Before him are Ban Ki-moon, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Dag Hammarskjöld, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Alexandra Kollontai, and John Jay. After him are John R. Bolton, Ferdinand de Lesseps, Folke Bernadotte, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Mohamed ElBaradei, and Madeleine Albright.

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Among people born in 1912, Raoul Wallenberg ranks 14Before him are Wernher von Braun, Michelangelo Antonioni, John Cage, Otto von Habsburg, Heinrich Harrer, and Clara Petacci. After him are Jorge Amado, Khalid of Saudi Arabia, Carlo Ponti, Alfredo Stroessner, Chuck Jones, and János Kádár. Among people deceased in 1947, Raoul Wallenberg ranks 12Before him are Aleister Crowley, Philipp Lenard, Kurt Lewin, Christian X of Denmark, Victor Horta, and Jozef Tiso. After him are Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, George II of Greece, Alfred North Whitehead, Ettore Bugatti, G. H. Hardy, and Black Dahlia.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Raoul Wallenberg ranks 40 out of 1,296Before him are Tomas Tranströmer (1931), Ingrid of Sweden (1910), Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (1778), John III of Sweden (1537), Ulrika Eleonora, Queen of Sweden (1688), and Björn Borg (1956). After him are Charles XV of Sweden (1826), Charles XI of Sweden (1655), Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten (1906), Pär Lagerkvist (1891), Princess Märtha of Sweden (1901), and Astrid of Sweden (1905).

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).