Man who was Murdered Twice
The Life, Trial & Death of Israel Kasztner
By Yechiam Weitz
Yad Vashem Jerusalem
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.
338 pages, Illustrated
Twice murdered: first, Israel Rudolf "Rezso" Kasztner experienced character assassination in a case that rocked the young State of Israel for over a year, and then he was murdered.
The "Kasztner Trial" was a major even that shook up Israel society and the government, creating a sharp ideological and political confrontation. Kasztner was a prominent member of Ben-Gurion's Mapai party, and the accusations against him for collabortation with the Germans had political ramifications. At stake was the role of the Holocaust in Israeli society and society's character as a whole, arousing intense public debate on whether the Yishuv and the Zionist movements had made sufficient effort to rescue European Jewry from the Nazis.
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