Perfidy has 86 ratings and 12 reviews. Ze’ev said: This is Israel No one can say he truly understands how the State of Israel came to be if they hav. Once in a very great while you read a book that forever changes your perspective . For me that book was Ben Hecht’s Perfidy, which I devoured. Ben HECHT. PERFIDY with supplements. Julian Messner, Inc. New York [] Of course, Ben Hecht is himself a Zionist, an ultra-Zionist, one can say.

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While Lapid is not a follower of Jabotinsky, neither is he a Mapainik, so his views carry some weight.

Power and Politics: ‘Perfidy’ revisited

At the same time, I never came across a reputable Holocaust history that embraced Hecht’s line about Kastner’s dealings with the Nazis – whether Raul Hilberg’s classic The Destruction of the European JewsSaul Friedlander’s just-released and widely acclaimed The Years of Extermination: Aug 02, Hallie Cantor rated it liked it.

This particular accusation is initially upheld and later overturned on appeal in a split verdict. January 1, Sold by: No one can say he truly understands how the State of Israel came to be if they have not read this book. For me that book was Ben Hecht’s Perfidywhich I devoured sometime in or ’75 after it appeared on a recommended reading list issued by the Jewish Defense League, of which I was a member. This sort of thing gave them a sense of superiority.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Eichmann allowed Kastner to organize a rescue train which brought 1, of these people to safety in Switzerland, in return – so goes Hecht’s damning accusation – for keeping the rest of Hungarian Jewry in the dark about the fate that awaited them.

Kastner had immense “sacred hutzpa,” Lapid told me. None of them wanted the deal, each one for his own reason, and for one common reason: Product details File Size: Through his efforts, Kastner is brought to trial and proven guilty of supporting the delusion offensive in Hungary and of sending 20, Jews to in exchange for the lives of important personages. Chaya rated it really liked it Jul 20, I knew nothing about what had happened to the Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.

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H rated it it was amazing Jun 01, But the British weren’t interested; incredibly, London suspected, writes Bauer, that the trucks-for-Jews proposal “was a major German-Zionist plot to introduce a million Jews into Palestine. He was personally sympathetic to Kastner, whom he perrfidy as an extraordinarily intelligent man.

The author uses the Kastner trial to document how many of the most important and esteemed Zionist founders of Israel collaborated with the Nazis to send millions of European Jews to their deaths. Perfidg this story is a bizarre tapestry of deception at the highest levels of government with the lives of many innocents in the balance. But it shouldn’t be the only one. Ben Hecht, along with Peter Bergson, sounded the calls of alarm in the period leading up to, and during, the implementation of Hitler’s Final Solution for the “Jewish Problem”.

Among these notables are many who falsely claimed to have “saved Jews,” or at least to have worked towards saving Jews, when they had actually murdered Jews who had spoken the truth and attempted to intervene. History may be at times malleable; but they are not justified, excused or exonerated. That is the obvious truth, but was there more? Let’s unpack the events that Hecht is analyzing. Rudolf Kastner was a prominent journalist representing this new government and supported by its Prime Minister David Ben Gurion.

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With any luck at all, the next war will be nuclear and I’ll be close enough to ground zero to die quickly without suffering. They felt nothing but shame for and contempt of their parents. Haim Schneider was born in Vienna inwhere he also received his basic schooling. Amazon Heccht Refurbished products with a warranty.

Perhaps that’s too much to ask for, but it is painful enough for me just to know the agonies that others perfiddy suffered and are suffering, and to see those responsible basking in their wealth, power, and glory. They certainly weren’t going to bring immigrants, people who were poor, who didn’t know how to oerfidy wear American clothes, who didn’t even speak English, into their suburban home.


A book like this, which is clearly meant to critique respected figures and accepted historical narratives, needs to be read critically in its own right. The libel trial of Kastner establishes the outline of that hidden past, protected by the political interests of some of Israel’s early leaders.

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Andre rated it it was amazing May 01, It is the fortunate who are responsible. A careful reader is reminded that what we hechht reading lerfidy not pure, unadulterated fact, but rather, Ben Hecht’s opinions and interpretations of events.

Greenwald publishes a pamphlet accusing Rudolf Kastner of not only testifying on behalf of Kurt Becher, a Nazi war criminal, and contributing to his exoneration, but collaborating with the Nazis in facilitating the deaths of overHungarian Jews during the Holocaust. The same kind of stuff has probably happened in every country; it wasn’t that hard to pull off and it was kept quiet for decades, although reprinted in Perfkdy this is not a book of fiction and it wasn’t meant to be pretty.

He has already put over several neat ones, recently beb large sale of Israel manufactured submachine guns for to the German army. And even with Becher’s promised personal protection, who but a hero who wanted to save Jewish lives would put himself in harm’s way at the height of the Allied offensive against Germany, with bombs exploding all over the place?

No one would want to listen.

Eckstein, the shooter, was said to have been a paid informer of the Shin Bet. This book explores historical events but doesn’t do so with the objectivity of academic research. With all this under his belt, Hecht wrote, Kastner eventually wound up in Israel vying for a spot on the Mapai Party’s Knesset list.

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