Kasztner's Train: The True Story of an Unknown Hero of the Holocaust

Kasztner's Train: The True Story of an Unknown Hero of the Holocaust

by Anna Porter


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Kasztner's Train: The True Story of an Unknown Hero of the Holocaust by Anna Porter

In March, 1944, the German army marched into Hungary, followed soon after by Adolf Eichmann and his SS Sondercommando. His single goal was to eliminate the entire Jewish population of the country. Rezso Kasztner-a lawyer and Zionist activist-stood in his way. In meeting after meeting with Eichman and other Nazis, he sought common ground, exploiting their twin weaknesses of greed and fear, in the process saving thousands of lives. Kasztner's Train-a reference to the famous train ride to freedom he organized-tells this dramatic story for the first time, including a shocking postscript. After the war, Kasztner emigrated to Israel, where in 1956 he was stunningly convicted of collaborating with the Nazis more than a decade before. As he awaited the appeal that would ultimately exonerate him, he was murdered by right-wing activists in Tel Aviv on March 4, 1957.

Hungarian by birth, Anna Porter lived through the Hungarian Revolution as a child, and brings to this book a determination and passion to tell the full story of one of the heroes of the 20th century. Kasztner's Train is based on interviews with survivors who were on the train, and with family members of other survivors, as well as with descendants of those murdered in concentration camps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802717412
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/03/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,310,839
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 8.22(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Anna Porter was born in Hungary and personally experienced the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. A celebrated former publisher in Toronto, she is the author of five previous books published only in Canada, including The Storyteller, a memoir of her family through seven centuries of Hungarian history. She lives in Toronto.

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