Dangerous Diplomacy: The Story of Carl Lutz, Rescuer of 62,000 Hungarian Jews
Dangerous Diplomacy tells for the first time the courageous story of Carl Lutz (1895-1975), the Swiss diplomat who single-handedly rescued 62,000 ... Show synopsis Dangerous Diplomacy tells for the first time the courageous story of Carl Lutz (1895-1975), the Swiss diplomat who single-handedly rescued 62,000 Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps - a daring action now recognized as the largest, most successful rescue effort ever undertaken in Nazi-dominated Europe. For fifty years this dramatic story has remained dormant in government archives and among family papers. Finally now available in English, this carefully researched biography tells how Lutz, as Swiss Consul in Budapest from 1942 to 1945, defied diplomatic rules and conventions by issuing protective papers for tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews destined for the death camps. At grave risk to his own life, Lutz confronted the Nazi menace face to face, including Edmund Veesenmayer, Hitler's proconsul in Hungary, Adolf Eichmann's SS thugs, the Gendarmes, and the Arrow Cross gangs. Incredibly, Lutz was almost completely forgotten by the world after the war, and he was formally reprimanded by his own government for having overstepped his authority. Nevertheless, Yad Vashem recognized him and his first wife, Gertrud, among the first to be honored as "Righteous Gentiles." Various foreign states have honored him, and his home town, Walzenhausen, made its famous native son an honorary citizen. Lutz was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Dangerous Diplomacy recounts Carl Lutz's selfless odyssey with compelling writing complemented by 24 black-and-white photographs. Theo Tschuy's moving and unforgettable narrative not only clarifies important historical events but also ably recognizes a heroic individual who represented a powerful ray of light amid one of the blackest periods of human history.