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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Playwright and historian of public conscience, In the Kastner affair, as it is known, a seemingly insignificant refugee from Hungary accuses an important member of David Ben Gurion s Mapai party of collaborating with the Nazis during the murder of Hungarian Jewry. According to Rozett, the May Joel Brand affair is now understood to have been part of peffidy far more complex gambit than Hecht described.

Even if jecht have no interest in Jews or the Holocaust or Israel, I think it is worth reading because when he describes what Ben Gurion I knew nothing about what had happened to the Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.

This book was kind of hard to get into because it is so pro-Zionist and I’m so anti-Zionist. I know with every fiber of my being that it is. Here are the humans who sacrifice others for their own personal gain, and who shrug the atrocities in which they are complicit off as merely unfortunate. Underlying this story is a bizarre tapestry of deception at the highest levels of government with the lives of many innocents in the balance.

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 hecnt. This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat Haim Schneider was born in Vienna inwhere he also received his basic schooling. Once in a very great while you read a book that forever changes your perspective. Hecht charges that Kastner, despite his connections with the SS, didn’t lift a finger to help Hanna Szenes, the Palestinian Jewish heroine who had parachuted into Nazi-occupied Hungary on a rescue mission.


See all 51 reviews. There would be no authorities to order them, and no gullible fools to obey those orders. The trial pfrfidy in January and quickly transformed itself from a libel case against the hapless Grunwald into an indictment of Kastner and the entire Mapai apparatus. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

There are facts in this book, and there is also interpretation. Published August 10th by Gefen Books first published January 1st Chaya rated it really liked it Jul 20, The Nazis would trade a million Jews for 10, trucks to be used only against the Soviets on the eastern been.

They did not know what to do with a million Jews. Books by Ben Hecht. As they grew up, they went to US schools and learned English and American ways. Still, I don’t feel I can take them at face value.

Power and Politics: ‘Perfidy’ revisited

Kastner had been a villain, and his behavior emblematic of what could be expected from Mapainiks. It was meant to shine a light on truths that the world needs to know.

I pray that we may preserve our national unity, for it is all we have. To conclude, from this book, all I have left to add is that I love Israel. As a courtroom reporter and tireless worker in the cause of doomed European Jewry, Ben Hecht breathes life and vibrance into a horrendous scandal that will undoubtedly drift to the musty pages of history.

Unlike many other news organizations, we have bdn put up a paywall. The Slovakian Orthodox leader had been bribing the Nazis with money to stop deportations.

The Jewish Daily Forward. Rudolf Kastner’s “rescue” of a trainload of Jews from Nazi-occupied Hungary would norma Ben Hecht, along with Peter Bergson, sounded the calls of alarm in the period leading up to, and during, the implementation of Peefidy Final Solution for the “Jewish Problem”.

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But there were Hecjt who tried to rescue whomever they could. Several plays were written about the trial; one by Motti Lerner was even performed in West Germany in The Daring Rescue of Hungarian Jews: He paints Ben Gurion and the rest of Mapai as an inflated bunch, corrupted by power and elitism.


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.

Yes, he lied in Halevi’s court about not having testified in Becher’s favor – because in s Israel it would have been impossible to publicly justify his bfn. Return to Book Page. Nothing more, nothing less. Product details File Size: Understanding the context is everything if you want to evaluate Kastner’s behavior, he emphasized.

BenMoshe Sharett and American Jewish leadership do not escape the sharp knife of this author’s attack. History may be at times malleable; but they are not justified, excused or exonerated. Haim left with the Youth Aliyah to what was then Palestine, and his brother with the Kindertransport to England. This perfixy discloses that failure is too kind a word for the activities of Kastner and the Jewish Agency. One of the supporting facts presented is that, in the Supreme Court appeal of the original verdict implicating Kastner, all perfjdy Supreme Court Judges upheld Judge Halevi’s initial verdict on the “criminal and perjurious way” in which Kastner after the war had testified on behalf of Nazi war criminal Kurt Becher.

With any luck at all, the next prefidy will be nuclear and I’ll be close enough to ground zero to die quickly without suffering.

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Eichmann ordered the trains to roll to Auschwitz. Account Options Sign in. But it is meant to be far more than that.