Coverart for item
The Resource Kasztner's train : the true story of an unknown hero of the Holocaust, Anna Porter

Kasztner's train : the true story of an unknown hero of the Holocaust, Anna Porter

Label
Kasztner's train : the true story of an unknown hero of the Holocaust
Title
Kasztner's train
Title remainder
the true story of an unknown hero of the Holocaust
Statement of responsibility
Anna Porter
Title variation
Kasztners train
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Award
  • Canadian Jewish Book Award
  • Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize, 2007.
Review
  • Porter (The Storyteller ) seeks to rehabilitate the reputation of Rezso Kasztner. This Hungarian Jew was branded a Nazi collaborator by Academy Award–winning screenwriter Ben Hecht in his 1961 book, Perfidy. But more recently Kasztner has been exonerated by Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem. After 400,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwitz in 1944, Kasztner, a point man in a “goods-for-blood” deal with Nazi henchman Adolf Eichmann, arranged for a train to carry 1,684 Jews from Hungary to Switzerland, wealthy Jews paying $1,500 per person while the poor paid nothing. For $100 a head, Eichmann kept an additional 20,000 Jews alive in Austrian labor camps. After the war Kasztner relocated to Israel, where in 1952 he was accused of being a Nazi collaborator who saved a privileged few at the expense of thousands of others. Kasztner sued for malicious libel and lost on most counts; the trial made international headlines; and Kasztner was assassinated in 1957 by right-wing extremists. Although a well-researched counterbalance to Hecht's account, Porter's defense may swing too much in favor of Kasztner, given that most of the participants are deceased and much of the evidence is anecdotal. Readers, however, will welcome the opportunity to debate the ever-relevant moral issues of doing business with the enemy. Illus. 16 pages of b&w illus., 3 maps. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 28, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 4, p56)
  • Glowing chronicle of an unheralded, Schindler-esque figure who saved Hungarian-Jewish lives during World War II.As the German army marched on Budapest in 1944, the fate of the city's Jewish population lay in the hands of bold, immeasurably brave Rezso Kasztner. Hungarian-born Canadian citizen Porter (The Storyteller: Memory, Secrets, Magic and Lies, 2000, etc.) gives an unashamedly laudatory account of Kasztner's actions, though she also extensively covers the controversy that dogged him until his final days. The book's central subject is the monumental task Kasztner assumed during the war as he battled with the German authorities to free as many Hungarian-born Jewish citizens as possible. His dealings with SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann are retold in meticulous detail. Porter effectively conjures dark, smoky offices hosting intense negotiations and the palpable, yet always carefully hidden terror felt by Kasztner as he battled with one of Hitler's most overbearing, deeply unpleasant henchmen. The author frequently departs from Kasztner's tale to recite events happening elsewhere in Europe, offering disquieting details of the conditions in Auschwitz that would be the probable fate of the Jewish citizens he failed to save. Kasztner's achievements were twofold. He got 1,684 Jews onto a train out of Hungary, at a considerable price to the wealthy passengers on board, although Porter points out that the exact amount of money given to the Germans is unknown. Kasztner also kept 20,000 exiled Hungarian Jews alive in Austria, again by forking over a considerable sum. With a hint of exasperation, Porter concludes by examining Kasztner's tribulations in Israel after the war, when he was charged with colluding with the Nazis and failing to warn the majority of Budapest's Jewish population of what awaited them in the camps. Kasztner's assassination shortly after the trial was, for the author, a deeply inglorious end for a man she regards as a hero.A compelling narrative that does great justice to Kasztner's memory. (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2007)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
233693
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Porter, Anna
Dewey number
  • 940.53/1835/09439
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D804.6
LC item number
.P67 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kasztner, Rezső Rudolf
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Journalists
  • Lawyers
Label
Kasztner's train : the true story of an unknown hero of the Holocaust, Anna Porter
Instantiates
Publication
Note
First published: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 2007
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [407]-415) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
661992
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
viii, 431 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780802715968
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802715968
  • (OCoLC)154782325
Label
Kasztner's train : the true story of an unknown hero of the Holocaust, Anna Porter
Publication
Note
First published: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 2007
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [407]-415) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
661992
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
viii, 431 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780802715968
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802715968
  • (OCoLC)154782325

Library Locations

    • Central LibraryBorrow it
      710 W. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, 78701, US
      30.2713021 -97.7460168
Processing Feedback ...