Searching for Wallenberg by Alan Lelchuk

Searching for Wallenberg by Alan Lelchuk

After reading a graduate student’s thesis about the fate of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in Budapest from 1944 to 1945, Professor Manny Gellerman—part-time detective, historian, and novelist—follows the twists and turns along unorthodox paths and uncovers some uncomfortable truths that may explain what happened when Wallenberg was arrested by the Soviets in 1945, taken to Moscow, and left to fester in a Lybianka prison.

Now more than 65 years later, Gellerman begins unthreading these mysteries—and discovers that the deepest may be Wallenberg, himself. Who was the real man behind the legendary persona of noble diplomat and savior of Budapest Jews? Gellerman’s quest eventually leads him to a Jewish Hungarian woman, who claims she is Raoul Wallenberg’s daughter. At once a detective story and an unusual love story, this novel within a novel is filled with multiple layers and surprising characters that all lead to a deeper understanding of this enigmatic hero.

Source: Jewish Book Council

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