Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn

Escape from the Third Reich (Paperback)

Folke Bernadotte and the White Buses

WWII Frontline Books Hitler & the Third Reich Frontline: WWII

By Sune Persson, Foreword by Brian Urquhart
Frontline Books
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781526760715
Published: 30th April 2019


£13.59 Introductory Offer

Print price £16.99

You'll be £13.59 closer to your next £10.00 credit when you purchase Escape from the Third Reich. What's this?

+£4 UK Delivery or free UK delivery if order is over £30
(click here for international delivery rates)

Need a currency converter? Check XE.com for live rates

The story of the White Buses is one of the most extraordinary humanitarian efforts during the Second World War. Yet their story remains little known.

At a time when the Nazis were hanging on desperately for survival and while chaos reigned in Germany, Count Folke Bernadotte, the Swedish Red Cross and the Danish government conducted negotiations with Heinrich Himmler. They successfully engineered the release and transport of prisoners from concentration camps to a neutral country – Sweden.

The mission became known for its fleet of distinctive buses. Painted entirely white, these vehicles carried the Red Cross emblem and Swedish or Danish flags so that they would not be mistaken for military targets. The various expeditions to the German concentration camps were long and highly dangerous, with every move watched by the SS and the Gestapo. The conditions the rescuers encountered at the camps were beyond comprehension.

Due to the chaotic conditions during the last weeks of the war in Europe, it is impossible to say exactly how many prisoners were liberated by the expedition, but according to conservative figures the so-called White Buses helped transport at least 17,000 prisoners to Sweden by 4 May 1945. Undoubtedly, the White Buses saved thousands from a miserable existence or death in the camps. This is the story of their journey.

There are no reviews for this book. Register or Login now and you can be the first to post a review!

More titles by Sune Persson

More titles by Brian Urquhart

Other titles in Frontline Books...