34. "The Man Who had sold his Soul to the Devil"

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After Hungary was occupied by the Nazis in 1944, Rudolf Kasztner, a member of the Budapest Jewish council, held negotiations with top Nazi officers, including Eichmann, in order to try and save as many Jews as possible. He had failed in some of his endeavors and succeeded in others. At least 1684 Jews were saved by his efforts but possibly many more. In 1953, he was accused in Israel for having collaborated with the Nazis for personal gain. The Kasztner trial became a milestone in the history of the complex relations between the young state of Israel and the survivors. Our session will take us through the trial, the first verdict, the appeal and the last verdict; trying to make meaning of these painful phases. We will read poetry by Nathan Alterman and Haim Gouri in order to hear two opposing views in the Israeli public of the time.  


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