from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Bernadotte, Count Folke 1895-1948. Swedish diplomat who as a leader of the Swedish Red Cross (1943-1948) helped save thousands of people from Nazi concentration camps. As United Nations mediator in Palestine (1948) he attempted to end Israeli-Arab hostilities but was assassinated by Israeli terrorists.


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  • The name of the man who probably shot Bernadotte is known, but despite the demands of the Swedish Foreign Ministry for an investigation, no Israeli government has ever tried anyone for the murder.

    Ralph Bunche: UN Mediator in the Middle East, 1948-1949

  • And he so far forgot to whom he was speaking, as he followed the shadows of his vanished dream, that he called Bernadotte "my dear general."

    The Companions of Jehu

  • Rhodes, Bernadotte and Bunche worked out a draft that was later known as the Bernadotte Plan.

    Ralph Bunche: UN Mediator in the Middle East, 1948-1949

  • He was honoured by interviews with King Charles John IV, better known as Bernadotte, Napoleon's Field-Marshal and founder of the present royal dynasty of Sweden, and it is worthy of note that as far back as 1828, Norway was chafing under the Union with Sweden which was brought about by the Treaty of Kiel in 1814 and has so lately been dissolved.

    Charles Philip Yorke, Fourth Earl of Hardwicke, Vice-Admiral R.N.

  • I know not if he really believed that France would have then called Bernadotte to the head of affairs, but what I am quite sure of is, that he said so for the purpose of exciting envy against that general.

    Ten Years' Exile

  • Napoleon himself would, for the present, remain at Berlin organizing the rear areas and ensuring that the remaining corps of the Grande Armée, as they returned from pursuing Blücher, were sent forward along the correct roads in the second wave—namely, Bernadotte and Ney toward Thorn, and Soult with his own command and the four cavalry divisions constituting Bessières’ Second Cavalry Reserve in the direction of Warsaw.


  • The 2009 Nobel Laureates met at the Bernadotte Library in Stockholm on 9 December 2009 for the traditional round-table discussion and TV program 'Nobel Minds'.

    Thomas A. Steitz - Interview

  • Actually, Bernadotte, although nominally in command, did little at either battle other than ensuring that his Swedish troops did little of the actual fighting.

    Matthew Yglesias » Kristol Complicates Napoleon Metaphors

  • Bernadotte ... [w] ho clobbered his former colleagues Oudinot (at Grossbeeren) and Ney (at Dennewitz) when he encountered them in 1813. ...

    Matthew Yglesias » Kristol Complicates Napoleon Metaphors

  • Of course, Bernadotte has one of the best Gaullist-type quotes of all time:

    Matthew Yglesias » Kristol Complicates Napoleon Metaphors


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