- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Milah Press, Incorporated; UK ed. edition (1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964688638
- ISBN-13: 978-0964688636
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Perfidy is an indictment, yes. But it is meant to be far more than that. Hecht has tackled an ambitious project- he wishes the reader to see what happens when one excuses all in the name of the ideal, refusing to challenge authority to stand up for what is right. --Curiousjew Blog
The story has been told before- piecemeal on the front pages of Israeli newspapers, and in the back columns of American dailies -but here for the first time in a single volume is the whole monstrous saga of the Kastner trial - complete with verbatim testimony, letters, background data, personal portraits.
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. Was it possible that Rudolph Kastner, a top official in Ben Gurion's cabinet was a Nazi collaborator indirectly responsible for the destruction of the Hungarian Jewish community? Malchiel Greenwald, an obscure and aged journalist insisted it was true. Through his efforts, Kastner is brought to trial and proven guilty of supporting the delusion offensive in Hungary and of sending 20,000 Jews to in exchange for the lives of 380 important personages.
The heated controversy which led to the murder of the protagonist still continues in Israel, for if Kastner was guilty, were not all those responsible for their self imposed blindness, deafness and silence also to blame? Ben , Moshe Sharett and American Jewish leadership do not escape the sharp knife of this author's attack. The reader must weigh and ponder - though Ben Hecht has taken his stand - dramatically, cogently and with captivating force. --Kirkus Review
Hecht s account of the trial is riveting. What started as an open and shut case for the government ended up in a decision that vindicated Gruenwald and condemned Kastner along with the Jewish Agency. The Supreme Court of Israel overturned most of the judgment in January 1958, stating in a 4 1 decision that the lower court had erred seriously, but not before Kastner had been assassinated. I urge you to read this fascinating account.
This book discloses that failure is too kind a word for the activities of Kastner and the Jewish Agency. Perfidious is more apt. --Ted Belman, Israpundit
About the Author
Ben Hecht (1894 1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist and novelist. He received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some seventy films. He wrote thirty-five books and created some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. The Dictionary of Literary Biography - American Screenwriters calls him "one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion pictures.";
At the age of 16, Hecht ran away to Chicago, where in his own words he "haunted streets, whorehouses, police stations, courtrooms, theater stages, jails, saloons, slums, madhouses, fires, murders, riots, banquet halls, and bookshops". In the 1910's and early 1920's, Hecht became a noted journalist, foreign correspondent, and literary figure.
A prolific writer, Hecht received the first Academy Award for Original Screenplay, for Underworld (1927). Many of the screenplays he worked on are now considered classics. He also provided story ideas for such films as Stagecoach (1939). Film historian Richard Corliss called him "the Hollywood screenwriter", someone who "personified Hollywood itself." In 1940, he wrote, produced, and directed, Angels Over Broadway, which was nominated for Best Screenplay. In total, six of his movie screenplays were nominated for Academy Awards, with two winning.
He became an active Zionist shortly before the Holocaust began in Germany, and wrote articles and plays about the plight of European Jews, such as, We Will Never Die in 1943 and A Flag is Born in 1946. Of his seventy to ninety screenplays, he wrote many anonymously to avoid the British boycott of his work in the late 1940's and early 1950's. The boycott was a response to Hecht's active support of paramilitary action against British forces in Palestine and sabotaging British property there, during which time a supply ship to Palestine was named the S. S. Ben Hecht.
According to his autobiography, he never spent more than eight weeks on a script. In 1983, 19 years after his death, Ben Hecht was posthumously inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
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Part of the astonishing history of Israel is the fact that the British were backing the Arabs and allowing very few Jews into Israel, also that Ben-Gurion's government colluded with the British to allow only `elite' Jews into the country. It took a lot of blood and gut sacrifices by Israeli 'terrorists' (Menachen Begin leading the Irgun), to force the British out of Israel, fighting the British at 1000:1 odds and dodging Ben-Gurion's Jews, which finally led to Israeli independence.
The 1953 trial exposed a prior Israeli hero of WW2 and political elite (Rudolf Castner), who saved 1600 Hungarian Jews (mostly friends and relatives) from the German gas chambers, to show that he, along with British and Israeli's purposely hiding the facts of the holocaust, aided the Germans in slaughtering hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews. The Allies knew of the concentration camps and crematoriums, but would not bomb the camps or roads or bridges leading to them.
The title of the book screams-"PERFIDY"-in capital letters, betrayal at the highest levels of many governments, should be a shameful part of Israeli and British history, but other countries including FDR (and prominent American Jewish leaders) purposely ignored the many Jewish voices asking for help for the European 6 million innocent lost souls (they failed to qualify as `elite', apparently).
After reading this book you can no longer doubt the existence, nor effectiveness of sell-out Jews. Their in-actions are no small matter in the ultimate extermination of millions.
Attorney General of Israel, Chaim Cohen summed it up thusly:
"For those (Hungarian Jews) and millions of Jews like them there came true the old curse, 'And lo, they were meant but to be taken like sheep for slaughter, for killing, destruction, crushing and shame.' These should escape? they had no feet on which to run. They should revolt? They had no hands on which to fight. No spirit was left in them..." pg. 164
This statement was uttered in a court as an excuse for the inactions of Israel's government, when they could have saved millions.
The facts are deftly presented in this great and poetically written tale of truth. I won't go into a review of the details, that has been done already. And quite well, I may add. This book will reveal a painful part of Jewish history, that is rarely discussed. It is important to arm yourself with this kind of knowledge to prevent your being hoodwinked by the "leaders" and "protectors" of what is truth. A very worthy investment!!