Escape From The Third Reich, Folke Berndotte and the White Buses

The publisher has a knack of releasing military and social history books that cover subjects which have been largely neglected by others but are important histories. The story of how a Swedish count and the Swedish Red Cross managed to negotiate the release of large numbers of Nazi prisoners during the chaotic closing stages of WWII is important and moving. – Most Highly Recommended

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NAME: Escape From The Third Reich, Folke Berndotte and the White Buses
FILE: R2896
AUTHOR: Sune Persson
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, frontline Books
BINDING: soft back 
PAGES: 274
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Nazi, concentration camps, Holocaust, death camps, SS, GESTAPO, 
Himmler, Swedish Red Cross, Count Folke Bernadotte, Whit Buses, WWII, 
World War II, World War 2, Second World War, genocide, extermination

ISBN: 1-52676-071-1

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DESCRIPTION: The publisher has a knack of releasing military and social history 
books that cover subjects which have been largely neglected by others but are 
important histories. The story of how a Swedish count and the Swedish Red 
Cross managed to negotiate the release of large numbers of Nazi prisoners 
during the chaotic closing stages of WWII is important and moving.  –   Most 
Highly Recommended

The Nazis began by robbing and expelling Jews and others they considered 
undesirable in the perverted Germany that they were building. Alongside this was 
casual violence and the killing of mental patients and the disabled. As war began, 
the German cruelty to fellow Germans and the people of Occupied Europe escalated 
into a huge genocide programme that was to kill on an industrial scale. Exactly how 
much the Allies knew about this terrible situation at the time is unclear. Certainly 
there were those who just could not believe that a developed nation could possibly 
do such things. Those who knew and accepted the stories were unsure how they 
could do anything positive, other than to take every measure to bring the Germans 
to unconditional surrender.

There were people inside Nazi Germany who took some steps to help the victims. 
Schindler was one who protected numbers of Jews, and Goering's brother was 
involved in the escape of Jews and political opponents of the Nazis, and in working 
with Resistance groups, but circumstances heavily limited what they were able to 
achieve.

Against this background, it is amazing that the work of Swedish nationals, to secure 
the release and evacuation of more than 17,000 prisoners, has become largely 
invisible to history. This book marks a worthy attempt to correct the serious omission. 

The story of the White Buses is sad, moving, exciting and inspirational. Count Falke 
Bernadotte and the Swedish Red Cross, at considerable personal risk, negotiated 
with Himmler and members of the SS for the release of prisoners from concentration 
and extermination camps. We may never know the exact number of people they 
helped or the larger number of their descendants, but the figure was more than 
17,000 freed, possibly many more.