Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story

There is no shortage of stories surrounding World War II and in particular the Holocaust.  Film has done a great job revealing some of these heroes to us.  History buffs usually can’t get enough of these types of films.

The year is 1944 and World War II is going strong.  Like many other Jewish populations through Europe, in Hungary the Jews are being rounded up by the Nazis and being sent to work camps.  We know that these work camps are actually death camps where millions of Jews will be exterminated of the course of the war.

Raoul Wallenberg (Richard Chamberlain – I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, The Swarm) refuses to sit back and do nothing.  He is from a wealthy family and was born in Sweden, a neutral country during the war.  Putting his intelligence to good use, Wallenberg works as a diplomat and using that position as a cover he begins to turn Hungarian Jews into Swedish citizens.

The S.S. do catch on to what he is doing, so he has to really think quickly and change his strategies.  Wallenberg risks everything to save as many Jews as he can.  He puts his own life in peril doing what he can for them.

Originally aired on television as a miniseries in 1985, Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story was a winner of four Emmy Awards and is based on a true story.  The king of miniseries, Richard Chamberlain is wonderful as Wallenberg and even earned himself a Golden Globe nomination.  His performance really gives you a sense of what Wallenberg was like.

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