Raoul Wallenberg And The Holocaust

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During the Holocaust, around 6 million Jews died of persecution from many groups of people. But this number could have been much greater if it was not for the efforts of many courageous people. There is not an exact number of how many people were saved during the Holocaust, but the death toll would have been much larger if people, like Raoul Wallenberg, did not help. Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish businessman and diplomat who showed much moral courage by saving countless Jews during World War II. Raoul Wallenberg was born on August 4, 1912 in Sweden. He was born into one of the richest families in Sweden, the Wallenbergs. Since his family was very wealthy, he had the opportunity to attend college abroad in another continent. In 1931, Wallenberg went to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in the United States to study architecture. He graduated in three and a half years with a bachelor’s degree of Science in Architecture. This bachelor’s degree allowed him to come into contact with many Jews that had escaped from Europe during the early years of persecution while he was working on architecture in Palestine (Raoul Wallenberg). In June 1944, the War Refugee Board, or WRB, a U.S.- established organization that helped support rescue missions for Jews, recruited Wallenberg to lead their operations in Budapest, Hungary. When Raoul Wallenberg arrived in Budapest, there were only 230,000 (⅓) Jews left in the city. 400,000 had already been deported by the Nazis who had taken

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