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The year of 1944 marked the beginning of the end for Hitler's Germany in World War II; the Western Allies had landed in Normandy, while the Russians were chasing the Germans out of Eastern Europe, both racing for Berlin and glory. While Germany's war with the Allies was coming to an end, Hitler's war against the Jews was still in full force. In Hungary, the Nazis and their Hungarian counterparts, the Arrow Cross, made it their top priority to exterminate all of the Jews living there in 1944. In the twelve-month period between March 1944 and the Russian liberation of Budapest, over 550,000 Hungarian Jews were killed by the Nazis and the puppet Hungarian government.
In the face
of such evil, help came from an unexpected yet determined source. Several
diplomats, from five neutral countries, witnessed the horror occurring
in Budapest and used their diplomatic status to save as many lives as
they could. These brave unsung heroes included: Raoul Wallenberg, Valdemar
Langlet and Per Anger of Sweden, Harald Feller and Carl Lutz of Switzerland,
Angel Sanz Briz of Spain, Giorgio Perlasca of Italy/Spain, and Gennaro
Verolino and Angelo Rotta of the Vatican. Tens of thousands of Hungarian
Jews were saved from deportation and certain death through the use of
skillfully utilized diplomatic tactics such as: issuing "Shutzpasses"(AKA
protective papers), creating safe houses to keep Jews from the ghetto,
bribing, threatening or deceiving the wartime authorities when necessary.