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Count Folke Bernadotte 1946-48

Probably more than any other person in the 20th century, the resourceful and courageous Folke Bernadotte came to symbolise the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

As vice-president of the Swedish Red Cross Society, he obtained an interview with Heinrich Himmler, one of Adolf Hitler's most feared henchmen, and got permission to mount a rescue operation on behalf of Danish and Norwegian prisoners in German concentration camps.

Specially painted buses, dodging ferocious fighting on both eastern and western fronts in the final throes of the war, collected 27,000 prisoners, of which only up to 5,000 were Scandinavian.

After the war, Bernadotte, acted as a mediator for the United Nations in the conflict between Arabs and Jews. On September 17, 1948 at the age of 53 he was killed by a terrorist in Jerusalem.

Count Folke Bernadotte

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