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KASZTNER'S TRAIN: The True Story of Rezso Kaztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust

Porter, Anna

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ISBN 10: 1553652223 / ISBN 13: 9781553652229
Published by Douglas & Mcintyre Ltd, U.S.A., 2007
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Title: KASZTNER'S TRAIN: The True Story of Rezso ...

Publisher: Douglas & Mcintyre Ltd, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The true, heart-wrenching tale of Hungary's own Oskar Schindler, a lawyer and journalist named Rezso Kasztner who rescued thousands of Hungarian Jews during the last chaotic days of World War II -- and the ultimate price he paid.


In summer 1944, Rezso Kasztner met with Adolf Eichmann, architect of the Holocaust, in Budapest. With the Final Solution at its terrible apex and tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews being sent to Auschwitz every month, the two men agreed to allow 1,684 Jews to leave for Switzerland by train. In other manoeuvrings, Kastzner may have saved another 40,000 Jews already in the camps. Kasztner was later judged for having "sold his soul to the devil." Prior to being exonerated, he was murdered in Israel in 1957.


Part political thriller, part love story and part legal drama, Porter's account explores the nature of Kasztner -- the hero, the cool politician, the proud Zionist, the romantic lover, the man who believed that promises, even to diehard Nazis, had to be kept. The deals he made raise questions about moral choices that continue to haunt the world today.

About the Author:

Anna Porter spent her early childhood in Hungary. Her family fled after the 1956 revolution, and she lived in New Zealand before coming to Canada in 1969. The founder and publisher of Key Porter Books, she is the author of three crime novels and an acclaimed memoir, The Storyteller. Her most recent book, Kasztner's Train, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award and the Nereus Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize. Since 2007, she has been writing about Central Europe for Maclean's and The Globe and Mail. She lives in Toronto.

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