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Perfidy

Hecht, Ben

Published by Julian Messner, Inc, New York, 1961
Condition: g to vg Hardcover
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Large octavo. VI, 281, [1]pp. Original printed dust-jacket over black cloth, with red lettering on spine and front cover. Written in 1961 by Ben Hecht, "Perfidy" chronicles the events surrounding the 1954-1955 Kastner trial in Jerusalem; a trial that laid bare the betrayal of ½ million Jews in 1944 Hungary. The book draws heavily on transcripts from the trial, and concludes that in 1944 Rudolf Kastner deliberately withheld from the Jews in Hungary that the trains the Nazis were putting them on were taking them to death by the gas chamber, not to a fictitious resettlement city as the Nazis claimed, and that Kastner then lied about it under oath. One of the supporting facts presented is that, in the Supreme Court appeal of the original verdict implicating Kastner, all five 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. Judge Silberg summed up the Supreme Court finding on this point: "[respondent Malchiel] Greenwald has proven beyond any reasonable doubt this grave charge." Describing a historic tragedy of monumental proportion, Hecht takes the reader on a graphic tour of the hell that was the holocaust, and unmasks many shameless opportunists as it unfolds. Dust-jacket slightly age-toned, with moderate and sporadic creasing along edges. Spine creased. DJ and binding in overall good, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 38321

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Title: Perfidy

Publisher: Julian Messner, Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1961

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g to vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition.

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