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Two-time Emmy Award winning Producer Brian Mait and four-time New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon are joining forces with director Brad Rothschild to tell the extraordinary story of a young heroic Swede who in 1944 traded his life of luxury for war torn Budapest to lead a mission to save tens of thousands of the city's remaining Jews from Nazi extermination. Just as Budapest was being liberated in January 1945, Raoul Wallenberg himself became a victim when he was arrested by the Soviet Army for reasons still unknown. Wallenberg vanished into the Soviet Gulag and nearly 70 years later his fate remains one of the twentieth century's greatest unsolved mysteries.
Raoul Wallenberg has been declared Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem and was made an Honorary United States Citizen by act of Congress in 1983, an honor only previously bestowed to Winston Churchill. Yet, despite these recognitions and the tens of thousands of people that are alive today as a result of his sacrifice, his story remains relatively unknown.
This film will focus on Raoul Wallenberg's short life: From growing up in one of the wealthiest families in Sweden to his time as an architecture student in America at the University of Michigan. From his daring and selfless humanitarian effort, to his tragic disappearance into the Soviet Gulag to continuing the pursuit for answers about his mysterious fate. The documentary will include eyewitness accounts from the people Wallenberg saved and interviews with his family, friends, fellow rescuers and captors. The film will incorporate newly released materials from his family, and Russian, Swedish, Israeli, Hungarian and American archives. The production is currently in principal photography, filming and researching in the U.S. and on location in Hungary, Sweden, Russia, Germany, Canada, Switzerland and Israel, with a targeted 2017 release.