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* RestrictedRescueOperation: The miniseries is filled with this. The Arrow Cross (Hungarian Nazis) puts a limit on how many protective passports they will allow. This results in an Operational and Secrecy versions of this trope. Notably, there's a scene where the neutral diplomats are pulling Jews of the trains headed to Auschwitz.
--> '''Wallenberg''': I'm sorry. I can take only so many, so I must take the young. Forgive me.

--> '''Wallenberg:'''All right, I'm one-sixteenth. Call me a liar for a fraction.


--> '''Wallenberg:'''All '''Wallenberg:''' All right, I'm one-sixteenth. Call me a liar for a fraction.

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''Wallenberg: A Hero's Story'' is a 1985 miniseries directed by Lamont Johnson, produced by Richard Irving, Lamont Johnson (co-producer), Phillip Levitan (co-producer) and written by Thurston B. Clarke (book), Frederick E. Werbell (book) and Gerald Green. It features music composed by Ernest Gold. It won four Emmy Awards and was nominated for five more.

It tells the story of Swedish diplomat UsefulNotes/RaoulWallenberg (played by Richard Chamberlain) who saved 100,000 Hungerian Jews during the final months of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII by giving them "protective passports" and declaring 32 buildings extra-territorial.

!! ''Wallenberg: A Hero's Story'' contains the following tropes:
* {{Ambadassador}}: The neutral diplomats.
* TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople: To put it mildly.
* BittersweetEnding: The film ends with the liberation of the ghetto and Wallenberg's arrest by the Soviets.
* BlatantLies: Hannah and Nikki are not Rabbi Mandel's children.
* BookEnds: The film begins and ends with a narration by Per Anger.
* CentralTheme: The gift of life.
* DiplomaticImpunity: Used for good.
* FromBadToWorse: When the Arrow Cross take over.
* HalfTruth: Wallenberg claims to be half-Jewish as opposed to one-sixteenth Jewish.
--> '''Wallenberg:'''All right, I'm one-sixteenth. Call me a liar for a fraction.
* HumbleHero: Wallenberg calls 20,000 people alive because of the papers he gave them "few".
* KarmaHoudini: Eichmann escapes to Argentina where he lives until the 1960s.
* LoopholeAbuse: Wallenberg bought buildings and declared them extra-territorial, giving them diplomatic immunity.
* RefugeInAudacity: Wallenberg rented 32 buildings in Budapest, declared them to be auxiliary embassy facilities technically Swedish territory, and therefore off limits to the Hungarians and their German allies and used them as safe houses. He also printed up thousands of "protective passports" identifying the bearers as Swedish citizens, and handed them out to every Hungarian Jew he met even, on one occasion, those locked in the boxcars on a train departing for Auschwitz! At one point, he ran on top of a train carrying Jews to be killed and stuffing papers into the cars that the Jews could use to semi-legally escape. While Nazis shot at him.
* RightUnderTheirNoses: The whole rescue operation happens right under the noses of the Nazis and Arrow Cross.
* SigilSpam: Justified to make the protective passports look official.

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