Raul Wallenberg, Man of Conviction

Raul Wallenberg. A hero from World War II that, if you don’t know his story, you must read about (follow this link here to start).

Wallenberg, a Swede and non-Jew, is credited with personally saving tens of thousands of Jewish men, women, and children
by standing up to the Nazis. He confronted, through a moral power and authority mightier than the German sword, the evil that swirled around him and, to a magnificent extent, triumphed over it.

In 1981, to honor his deeds, then President Ronald Reagan signed legislation making Wallenberg an honorary citizen of the United States. Wallenberg was the second such honorary citizen, the first being Winston Churchill. I think US Representative Tom Lantos said it best when he noted:”It is most appropriate that we honor [him] …

In this age devoid of heroes, Wallenberg is the archetype of a hero — one who risked his life day in and day out, to save the lives of tens of thousands of people he did not know whose religion he did not share.”

There are very few people in history like Wallenberg. But thank God that when we are in the darkest of times, people such as Wallenberg arise to do His work.



One response to “Raul Wallenberg, Man of Conviction

  1. I was a 15 year old school student in 1944, in Budapest. But, because of the closing-in war, teaching was suspended in December. Somehow, another school mate and myself got connected to Wallenberg who was at the Swiss Stummer chocolate/candy business’ building, on the second floor. We went there in the morning and Wallenberg would give us some medium size packages with the instruction to take them to the gettho to the given address. I recall, I was somewhat scarred, since there were Hungarian nazies guarding the gettho and Jews were milling outside. But, luckily, the nazies didn’t ask any questions, just let us in with the packages. We had a little cart that was packed with the packages, and we pulled it by hand. We did this for several days without any problem. I suppose we were too young to pose a threat to the nazies?
    After this, we were asked by Wallenberg to go to some wooded area where we found cut-down trunks of trees which we were going to cut up and then split to make fire wood. I think we did that for a couple of days, but at the end the Russian army started to attack the city, and it was nother possible, nor safe for us to continue. We never saw Wallenberg again, ever.
    It wasn’t until much, much later, already living in Canada, when I heard some stories about Wallenberg, that I had connected my experience from 1944 to Wallenberg.
    Interestingly, in 1953 after being released from the communist prison in Hungary, I got my first job as a maintenance electrician exactly in the Stummer building which was nationalized by then by the communists, right on the second floor. So, every day, several times, I was walking right front of what had been Raul Wallenberg’s “office” in 1944. In 1953 it was a manufacturing facility for educational aids.

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