- Historical event
- 2 January 1895
- In the year 1945 Count Bernadotte was addressed by Heinrich Himmler, leader of the notorious SS. Himmler asked Bernadotte to negotiate with British Prime Minister Churchill a peace treaty between Germany and the Western Allies.
On this day the esteemed Count Folke Bernadotte, member of the Swedish royal family (the present-day Swedish royal dynasty originates from the Napoleon’s marshal Jean Bernadotte), was born. Count Folke was the grandson of Swedish King Oscar II, and he trained to become a cavalry officer.
Count Folke began to represent Sweden in diplomatic missions, where he was assisted by his prestigious position as a member of the royal dynasty and cavalry officer. When World War II began, Count Folke enlisted in the Red Cross, becoming vice chairman of the Swedish branch of that organization.
In the year 1945 Count Bernadotte Folke was addressed by Heinrich Himmler, leader of the notorious SS. Himmler asked Bernadotte to negotiate with British Prime Minister Churchill a peace treaty between Germany and the Western Allies. Himmler wanted for Germany to surrender to Westerners, but under the condition that it can continue to fight against the Soviet Union. Bernadotte forwarded this proposal to western leaders, but he was aware that such a peace had no chance of being accepted. Of course, the proposal did not pass.
During the war, the count managed to negotiate the release of about 31,000 captured soldiers from the German camps, and also saved around 450 Danish Jews. However, it is interesting that the count was killed precisely by Jewish terrorists. Namely, in 1948, while the count was the UN mediator in the Middle East, he was killed by members of a terrorist organization “Lehi” that fought for the independence of the Jewish state. The count was shot in Jerusalem at close range, when his car was attacked.