Count Folke Bernadotte
|Count Folke Bernadotte|
|Died||17 September 1948 (Age 53)|
|Children|| • Count Gustaf Eduard Count Folke|
• Count Fredrik Oscar Count Bertil Oscar
|Parents|| • Prince Oscar Bernadotte|
• Ebba Munck af Fulkila
|Spouse||Estelle Romaine Manville|
Count Folke Bernadotte was a member of the Swedish royal family, cousin to the King. He was second only to Raoul Wallenburg for rescuing Jews in the last months of WWII. On 14 May 1948, the day before the British Mandate expired, the UN appointed him as "Mediator" to watch over Israel's birth, 'to use his good offices with the local community and authorities in Palestine ... to promote a peaceful adjustment of the future situation in Palestine'.
Two months after Folke Bernadotte's killing on 17 September 1948, and as a result of great international pressure, Israel arrested Nathan Yellin-Mor, the head of the Stern Gang, and Matitiahu Schmulevitz who were convicted and presently released. Yitzhak Shamir, the organisation's operational commander and future Prime Minister of Israel, went into hiding.
- Hirst "The Gun and the Olive Branch" p.278 3rd Edition 2003
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