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A Forgotten Hero
Folke Bernadotte, the Swedish Humanitarian Who Rescued 30,000 People from the Nazis
By (author): Shelley Emling
9781770414495 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical May 21, 2019
$32.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.9 in 264 pages 57 b&w in 32 page photo insert ECW Press

The true story of Folke Bernadotte’s heroic rescue of 30,000 prisoners during WWII

In one of the most amazing rescues of WWII, the Swedish head of the Red Cross rescued more than 30,000 people from concentration camps in the last three months of the war. Folke Bernadotte did so by negotiating with the enemy — shaking hands with Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Gestapo. Time was of the essence, as Hitler had ordered the destruction of all camps and everyone in them.

A Forgotten Hero chronicles Folke’s life and extraordinary journey, from his family history and early years to saving thousands of lives during WWII and his untimely assassination in 1948. A straightforward and compelling narrative, A Forgotten Hero sheds light on this important and heroic historical figure.

Short Description

In the last days of WWII, Count Folke Bernadotte of neutral Sweden organized buses to enter Nazi Germany, and where he helped save thousands of lives. Then the just-formed United Nations asked him in 1948 to mediate the Jewish-Palestinian dispute; he was assassinated in Jerusalem by the Stern Gang.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • Folke Bernadotte’s grandfather was King Oscar II of Sweden.

  • Author has dual U.S./U.K. citizenship.

  • A statue of Folke Bernadotte was unveiled at the Swedish parliament in Stockholm in May 2018.

  • Shelley Emling met with and interviewed Folke’s family members and people who knew him.

  • “Emling’s work does a remarkable job of balancing scientific information and personal history.” — Historical Novel Society on Marie Curie and Her Daughters


  • History readers

  • Readers with a particular interest in war history

  • Readers with a particular interest in WWII history

  • Schools/academia

Shelley Emling is a senior editor at and editor-in-chief of The Girlfriend from AARP. Previously she was a senior editor at the Huffington Post for five years. She has worked as a foreign correspondent for the Cox Media Group both in Europe and in Latin America for more than twelve years, based in London for eight years. Shelley lives in New Jersey and works in Washington, D.C. Shelley is the author of several other books including Marie Curie and Her Daughters, Setting the World on Fire, Your Guide to Retiring in Mexico, and The Fossil Hunter.

“Emling effectively shows her subject's ‘extraordinary feats’ as well as the immense difficulties facing those involved in humanitarian work during World War II.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The illustrations help make Bernadotte and his family fully present in this succinct yet far-reaching portrait, which will best serve readers looking for a deep dive into the complex life of a figure not often addressed in historical accounts.” — Booklist

“A worthy tribute . . . Emling’s accessible account of Bernadotte’s humanitarian achievements will inspire readers.” — Publishers Weekly

“Shelley Emling . . . brings Bernadotte to life . . . She does a superb job in rectifying the cloud of obscurity that has settled over him . . . The energy, cunning, and forcefulness that Bernadotte deployed is excellently portrayed in the book.” — New York Journal of Books

“Shelley Emling’s book about my father is very interesting, especially the second half about the end of the Third Reich. Today’s readers, perhaps mostly the younger generation, are not, in general, very aware of this important period of the Second World War. The rivalry and jockeying for position with the führer to the bitter end is well depicted and astonishing. How my father — with the help of Heinrich Himmler’s confidante, Walter Schellenberg — managed to convince the head of the Gestapo and the concentration camps to overlook his sworn allegiance to Adolf Hitler is well narrated and very important knowledge for readers. An essential read for those interested in the Nazis, the Third Reich, and the end of the Second World War. Well done!” — Bertil Bernadotte, Folke Bernadotte’s son

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