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A blue and gold two-language Schutz-Pass issued to Oscar Kallai, with the upper left providing personal information including his 1891 birth date, height, eye and hair color. Adjacent to this is Kallai’s signature and affixed photograph. The bottom portion bears printed statements in German and Hungarian, hastily signed in the lower left corner by Wallenberg, and countersigned by Swedish Minister to Budapest, Carl Ivan Danielsson. In very good to fine condition, with separations to the intersecting folds expertly restored.
Wallenberg arrived in Hungary in July 1944 as the country's Jewish population was under siege. Nearly every other major Jewish community in Europe had already been decimated, and the Nazis were dispatching more than 10,000 Hungarian Jews to the gas chambers daily. With time of the essence, he devised and distributed thousands of these 'Schutz-Passes'—official-looking, but essentially invalid, Swedish passports granting the Hungarian bearer immunity from deportation. Nazi officials readily accepted the paperwork. Thus, with his simple, nondescript scribble on this offered page, Wallenberg saved the life of Oscar Kallai—just as he had done with tens of thousands of other Jews in Hungary. An announcement that any Jew, even those holding foreign citizenship, would be interred led to the urgency of Wallenberg's plan to save as many lives as he could.
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