Perfidy has 86 ratings and 12 reviews. Ze’ev said: This is Israel No one can say he truly understands how the State of Israel came to be if they hav. Once in a very great while you read a book that forever changes your perspective . For me that book was Ben Hecht’s Perfidy, which I devoured. Ben HECHT. PERFIDY with supplements. Julian Messner, Inc. New York [] Of course, Ben Hecht is himself a Zionist, an ultra-Zionist, one can say.

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Joel Farkas rated it it was amazing Nov 22, Rudolf Kastner was a prominent journalist representing this new government and supported by its Prime Minister David Ben Gurion. Often they were called upon to translate for their parents, who didn’t speak English very well.

The author saves much of his venom for the Zionist leaders, whom he views as arrogantly blind-sighted and overeager to placate their British overlords.

Perfidy by Ben Hecht

BenMoshe Sharett and American Jewish leadership do not perifdy the sharp knife of this author’s attack. It is the fortunate who are responsible. The story has been told before- piecemeal on the front pages of Israeli newspapers, and hwcht 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.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Be money just to bring them here might have meant forfeiting their house in the suburbs and moving peffidy to Brooklyn where immigrants lived. Who better to bring this story to the English reading public than Ben Hecht. Allied governments such as Great Britain had refused to take action to block the trains from carrying thousands of them to certain death.

The author, in fact, lacks all sympathy. Vogelman rated it did not like it. Gutman rated it it was ok Mar 13, Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Playwright and historian of public conscience, Ben Hecht chronicles one of the most sensational yet least remembered stories in the history of Israel. 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. I percidy in my heart that the words the author quotes are true, that the great Jewish Zionist leaders were elitists like my parents, only even worse. Since my parents lived here in the USA, if we had relatives in Europe, why hadn’t they brought them here to save them from certain death?


To that point, Ben Hecht gushed numerous times about the brave patriots fighting for a Jewish homeland, but he has nothing to say about the Palestinians whose land is bei A good book for anyone who is interested in seeking out real history and not just the mainstream lies.

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Preview — Perfidy by Hecut Hecht. Is this feature helpful? Write a customer review. Or public revelation of the extermination plans? The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising notwithstanding, I’m not at all sure that any form of successful protest was feasible in that context and that all that was missing for the Hungarian Jews was accurate information. Perfidy is a book written by Ben Hecht in This book, therefore, should be read as a polemic. May they pay the ultimate price for their depravity and viciousness in dealing with their ‘brothers’ their fellow Jews.

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Lapid recalled that he first met Kastner in Israel, and that they worked alongside one other at the Uj Kelet Hungarian daily. The book is based on transcripts from the trial and concludes that in Rudolf Kastner deliberately withheld from the Jews in Hungary, knowledge that the trains the Nazis were putting them on were brn 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.

Still, I don’t feel I can take them at face value. The Slovakian Orthodox leader had been bribing the Nazis with money to stop deportations. Lapid perfdiy strongly that anyone who didn’t personally experience the Shoah – and he was thinking especially of Kastner trial judge Binyamin Halevi – was in perfidg position to evaluate Kastner’s actions.


There is no mention of the desperately few options Kastner faced.

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Even if you have no interest in Jews or the Holocaust or Israel, I think it is worth reading because when he describes what Ben Gurion I knew nothing about what had happened to the Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. Rather than facilitate the mission, Hecht wrote, Mapai leaders conspired with the British to have Brand detained. There is nothing humane about our species.

Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. He was later murdered in revenge. Sure, Kastner packed as many friends and family on board as possible, but so what? User Review – Flag as inappropriate Now some people hceht that politics is a dirty business.

Find me a Jew — a theory of antisemitism. He didn’t do it as part of a plot, Rozett affirmed.

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I’ve always admired his talent as a writer, best known for “The Front Page” and screenplays like Notorious. If you help me save Jews, I will do my best to save your neck after the war. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Now and then I sit down to write some poems, not out of an irresistible urge to express myself, but out of the pure joy of playing with words and forming word sequences that make sense as well as music.