Reign of Terror - The Budapest Memoirs of Valdemar Langlet, 1944-1945, Valdemar Langlet

Reign of Terror - The Budapest Memoirs of Valdemar Langlet, 1944-1945, Valdemar Langlet

Reign of Terror - The Budapest Memoirs of Valdemar Langlet, 1944-1945, Valdemar Langlet

Reign of Terror - The Budapest Memoirs of Valdemar Langlet, 1944-1945, Valdemar Langlet

Valdemar Langlet was the head of the Swedish Red Cross in Hungary in the last years of the Second World War. This was the period when Hungary's Jews were being deported to the death camps, and in which the vicious Arrow Cross regime seized power, beginning a reign of terror. During all of the changes of government Langlet worked hard to save as many people as he could, including a large number of Jews. His main technique was to issue unofficial 'Letters of Protection', which looked like official Swedish identification, as well as taking over as many buildings as he could afford and giving them apparent diplomatic protection.

These memoirs were written very soon after Langlet's return to Sweden, and were published in 1946. He was thus writing at a time when the post-war settlement of Europe had not become clear. When he left Hungary a democratic government had been formed in the Soviet occupied zone, and it wasn't entirely clear what would happen next. Langlet even had an interview with the Hungarian Communist leader in which he denied that a Stalinist regime would be forced on Hungary (the same leader then went on to do just that!).

Langlet can't have been easy to work with - his views on virtually all of his colleagues are negative, or at best rather nit-picking. He got hardly any support from the Swedish Red Cross after the war, and these memoirs can't have helped his cause! His memoirs demonstrate very clearly that you can be difficult but also a great humanitarian.

Although Langlet's humanitarian work is impressive, it is actually his observations of the Hungarian political scene that make the most impact here. We trace the way in which dissatisfaction with the post World War One settlement led Hungary slowly into the hands of Nazi Germany, and the efforts made by the last semi-independent Hungarian governments to escape from that control as the war turned against them. These efforts failed and the Fascist 'Arrow Cross' ended up in charge, inflicting a reign of terror in Budapest that only ended when the Soviets arrived. Langlet's description of the early days of Soviet rule makes it clear that that the Russians were a significant improvement on the Arrow Cross, but were still capable of random acts of brutality and oppression. His fellow Swede Raoul Wallenberg was abducted by the Soviets and died in captivity in Moscow in 1947.

This is an invaluable memoir written by an unsung hero of the Second World War, bringing his own exploits to the attention of a modern audience as well as providing a view into the brutal end to the war in Hungary.

Chapters
Prelude
The First Act: The Deportation of the Jews
The Second Act: The Swedish Red Cross
Intermezzo: Pending..
The Third Act: Under the Arrow Cross
The Fourth Act: The Hungarian Republic
A Swedish Finale

Author: Valdemar Langlet
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 187
Publisher: Frontline
Year: 2012



Reign of Terror: The Budapest Memoir of Valdemar Langlet

An officer of the Swedish Embassy in Budapest, Valdemar Langlet was in a unique position to help his Jewish friends and colleagues from the threat of fascist violence. But soon his life-saving work grew into an extensive network of safehouses and falsified documents. Without the permission of the Swedish Red Cross, Langlet issued so-called Letters of Protection—passport-like documents with official-looking stamps—that saved Hungarian Jews from the death camps.

A gifted linguist, Langlet dealt directly with Hungarian officials, many of whom were eager to have the protection of the Swedish Red Cross emblem on their own houses as the Red Army drew closer to the capital. When the Germans put their Arrow Cross allies and chaos broke out in the streets, Langlet risked his life to shelter Jews and other refugees throughout Budapest.

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The horror of the Holocaust is very difficult to understand it is also very difficult to fully believe that fellow humans would do such to each other, especially at the scale involved. As a result, periodically I read credible reports of the horrors involved. On the other hand, I also very much enjoy reading about exceptional individuals who risked their lives to save others from the Holocaust. 'Reign of Terror' is one of those books - documenting first a tiny bit of Raoul Wallenberg's extreme bravery to help save fellow humans. Raoul Wallenberg, in the last months of WWII saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews - for that we became the second man awarded honorary U.S. citizenship. Another valiant savior of many was another Swede, Valdemar Langlet, born 12/17/1872, which this book is about.

Langlet and his wife moved to Budapest in 1931 and stayed there until the end of WWII while teaching Swedish at a local university. From 1941 on, Hungary fought against the Soviet Union as an ally of Nazi Germany. They refused, however, to deport their approximately 800,000 Jews. Then Germany occupied Hungary, and with the assistance of Hungarian authorities, rounded up opponents to the war. The Hungarian Regent, Admiral Horthy, stopped deportations 7/6/1944 following strong international pressure - including a very harsh letter from the King of Sweden. Then on 20/15/1944, Horthy announced an armistice with the Soviets - an was arrested by the Germans who then installed the Hungarian Fascist party as the new government. Deportations and massacres of Jews was renewed.

Valdemar Langlet was now age 72, and with his wife began frantic work to save persecuted Hungarians. By April 1944, they had accepted so many escapees who now hid in their residence that Valdemar had to sleep in a friend's house. In May, Laglet started producing 'letters of protection' containing texts in Swedish, Hungarian and German that constituted a kind of identity card, imitating normal passports with a photograph, personal data, and a Swedish Red Cross stamp, and signed by him. Efforts by the Swedish Red Cross to dismiss Langlet were blocked by the Swedish minister. A range of apartments, houses, castles, estates, and convents were place at the disposal of Langlet and his Red Cross - total capacity of 3,000, possibly more.

These 'letters of protection' had no real legal status at all, simply a bluff. Estimates of the number of 'letters of protection' issued range from 2,000 (Hungarian government) up to 25,000 (Langlet's wife). On 12/11/1944, Langlet was forced to stop these activities have a series of threats and an ultimatum from the Fascist government. By mid-January 1945 the Soviet army liberated the part of the city where Langlet lived.

Langlet and his wife finally were able to return to Sweden on 12/2/1945, totally destitute. He was awarded the Swedish Red Cross Medal in 1946 and became a Knight of the Swedish North Star in 1949. In 1965 he was also recognized, along with his wife, by an Israeli group.


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First published as Verk ock Dagar i Budapest by Wahlstrom & Widstrand, Stockholm, in 1946.Although not as well known as Raoul Wallenberg, Valdemar Langlet was the savior of thousands of Jews in Budapest in the last two years of World War II.

Entirely without the permission or the financial support of the Swedish Red Cross, he issued so-called “Letters of Protection,” which were passport-like documents with official-looking stamps that frequently saved Hungarian Jews from deportation to the death camps. Then chaos broke out in the streets and the Germans put their Arrow Cross allies in power. With the approaching Red Army threatening to turn the city into a battleground, Langlet risked his life to shelter Jews and other refugees in safe houses throughout Budapest.

A gifted linguist, Langlet was able to deal directly with Hungarian officials, who were often themselves eager to have the protection of the Swedish Red Cross emblem on their own houses as the war drew closer to the capital. Later, he communicated with the Soviet commanders who took control after fierce fighting had destroyed much of Budapest.

This is a unique and fascinating memoir of a man who saved thousands of lives during one of the most terrible episodes in world history without official authority or support from his own country.


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Valdemar Langlet fick för sina insatser i Ungern flera utmärkelser, som Svenska Röda korsets silvermedalj 1946 Nordstjärneorden och finländska Frihetskorset [ 8 ] samt – tillsammans med Nina Langlet – den israeliska Rättfärdig bland folken 1965. Han har också fått gatan Lánglet Waldemár Útca i Budapests 4:e distrikt och en park i Uppsala uppkallade efter sig. [ 9 ]

I Valla park utanför Flen finns en minnesplakett uppsatt [ 10 ] och i Statens porträttsamling på Gripsholms slott finns ett porträtt av Valdemar Langlet, utfört av Rozsi Veszprémi.

Vid Fyrisån i centrala Uppsala finns sedan 2012 en park namngiven efter Langlet för att hedra hans minne och gärningar. [ 11 ]


Reign of Terror

The memoirs of a man who saved thousands from the Nazi death camps.

Although not as well-known as Raoul Wallenberg, Valdemar Langlet was the savior of thousands of Jews in Budapest in the last two years of World War II.

Entirely without the permission or the financial support of the Swedish Red Cross, he issued so-called “Letters of Protection,” which were passport-like documents with official-looking stamps that frequently saved Hungarian Jews from deportation to the death camps. Then chaos broke out in the streets and the Germans put their Arrow Cross allies in power. With the approaching Red Army threatening to turn the city into a battleground, Langlet risked his life to shelter Jews and other refugees in safe houses throughout Budapest.

A gifted linguist, Langlet was able to deal directly with Hungarian officials, who were often themselves eager to have the protection of the Swedish Red Cross emblem on their own houses as the war drew closer to the capital. Later, he communicated with the Soviet commanders who took control after fierce fighting had destroyed much of Budapest.

This is a unique and fascinating memoir of a man who saved thousands of lives during one of the most terrible episodes in world history without official authority or support from his own country.

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The horror of the Holocaust is very difficult to understand it is also very difficult to fully believe that fellow humans would do such to each other, especially at the scale involved. As a result, periodically I read credible reports of the horrors involved. On the other hand, I also very much enjoy reading about exceptional individuals who risked their lives to save others from the Holocaust. 'Reign of Terror' is one of those books - documenting first a tiny bit of Raoul Wallenberg's extreme bravery to help save fellow humans. Raoul Wallenberg, in the last months of WWII saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews - for that we became the second man awarded honorary U.S. citizenship. Another valiant savior of many was another Swede, Valdemar Langlet, born 12/17/1872, which this book is about.

Langlet and his wife moved to Budapest in 1931 and stayed there until the end of WWII while teaching Swedish at a local university. From 1941 on, Hungary fought against the Soviet Union as an ally of Nazi Germany. They refused, however, to deport their approximately 800,000 Jews. Then Germany occupied Hungary, and with the assistance of Hungarian authorities, rounded up opponents to the war. The Hungarian Regent, Admiral Horthy, stopped deportations 7/6/1944 following strong international pressure - including a very harsh letter from the King of Sweden. Then on 20/15/1944, Horthy announced an armistice with the Soviets - an was arrested by the Germans who then installed the Hungarian Fascist party as the new government. Deportations and massacres of Jews was renewed.

Valdemar Langlet was now age 72, and with his wife began frantic work to save persecuted Hungarians. By April 1944, they had accepted so many escapees who now hid in their residence that Valdemar had to sleep in a friend's house. In May, Laglet started producing 'letters of protection' containing texts in Swedish, Hungarian and German that constituted a kind of identity card, imitating normal passports with a photograph, personal data, and a Swedish Red Cross stamp, and signed by him. Efforts by the Swedish Red Cross to dismiss Langlet were blocked by the Swedish minister. A range of apartments, houses, castles, estates, and convents were place at the disposal of Langlet and his Red Cross - total capacity of 3,000, possibly more.

These 'letters of protection' had no real legal status at all, simply a bluff. Estimates of the number of 'letters of protection' issued range from 2,000 (Hungarian government) up to 25,000 (Langlet's wife). On 12/11/1944, Langlet was forced to stop these activities have a series of threats and an ultimatum from the Fascist government. By mid-January 1945 the Soviet army liberated the part of the city where Langlet lived.

Langlet and his wife finally were able to return to Sweden on 12/2/1945, totally destitute. He was awarded the Swedish Red Cross Medal in 1946 and became a Knight of the Swedish North Star in 1949. In 1965 he was also recognized, along with his wife, by an Israeli group.


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