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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Lots of fascinating information about the beginnings of the Israeli government.

Today, I see no value in willing ourselves to remain embittered, perhaps in perpetuity, over Zionist ideological divisions during the Mandate and the Shoah era. Chanes, writing for The Jewish Daily Forward indescribed Perfidy as an “ill-conceived and irresponsible anti-Kasztner” account. Given Hecht’s general polemical tone, sarcasm, dubiously supporting footnotes, etc.

Who better to bring this story to the English reading jecht than Ben Hecht. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Kastner had immense “sacred hutzpa,” Lapid told me. Additionally, I wonder if an argument may be made that in a future Holocaust-like situation, a Nazi figure might be more receptive to disobeying orders and rescuing victims if he believes there’s something in it for him. Jan 23, Yair Ben-Zvi rated it it was amazing. As they grew up, they went to US schools and learned English and American ways.

Sarede Switzer rated it really liked it Jan 23, Jep rated it liked it Feb 04, There was a problem filtering reviews right now. There was no point, said Lapid.

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Several plays were written about the trial; one by Motti Lerner was even performed in West Germany in As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner. My library Help Advanced Book Search. They will bear their fate or they will not. Haim served five years in the British Army. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people to have ever lived on this planet.


Joel Farkas rated it it was amazing Nov 22, This is the kind of book that can shake your fundamental beliefs to the core Not Enabled Word Wise: Keith Bonwitt rated it it was amazing Mar 27, Playwright and historian of public conscience, In the Kastner affair, as it is known, a seemingly insignificant refugee from Hungary accuses an important member of David Ben Gurion s Mapai party of collaborating with the Nazis during the murder of Hungarian Jewry.

Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. The trial exposed a prior Israeli hero of WW2 and political elite Rudolf Castnerwho saved 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.

Everything is well documented and personally, I believe every word. Chaya rated it really liked it Jul 20, Sara Munk rated it it was amazing Jan 13, I am changed after reading this book. From inside the book. Their parents did not survive the Holocaust. 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 being usurped.

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Be the first to discover new talent! Rudolf Kastner’s “rescue” of a trainload of Jews from Nazi-occupied Hungary would norma Ben Hecht, along with Peter Bergson, sounded the calls of alarm in the period leading up to, and during, the implementation of Hitler’s Final Solution for the “Jewish Problem”.

I know with every fiber of my being that it is. It wasn’t until decades later that I began to question what I’d been told. Subscribe for our daily newsletter. The Nazis would trade a million Jews for brn, trucks to be used only against the Soviets on the eastern front.



As if all this weren’t enough, the Mapainiks betrayed Irgun and Lehi fighters to the British both during and after the war, culminating, in their relentless duplicity, in the sinking of the Altalena and the attempted murder of Menachem Begin.

Perfdiy there be any justification for a Jew testifying in support of a Nazi? It was the British commitment not to allow the Nazis to divide the Allies at this pivotal juncture that killed the Brand mission. From the vantage point of the mids when I first read Perfidythe villains were of a type – quisling Jewish establishment leaders, hecgt same kind of people who were telling JDL activists not to confront black and Puerto Rican hoodlums in the urban badlands of New York City; not to gecht Soviet diplomats in an effort to pressure the Kremlin into freeing Soviet Jewry, and not to demand that money bej by the Jewish federations be earmarked for Jewish causes.

Kastner was tried in Israeli court inthen acquitted. Doris Bitterman rated it really liked it Dec 17, These are universal truths that do not just apply to Nazis and Jews. There would be no authorities to order them, and no gullible fools to obey those orders.

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Perfidious is more apt. The Allies knew of the concentration camps and crematoriums, but would not bomb the camps or roads or bridges leading to them. Here the heecht does have some currency, and he makes a valid point about the fatal flaw of secular Zionism, which made the land perfiry focus — in fact, the obsession — as well as the desire to imitate the Gentiles. Certainly several serious works have contested Hecht’s interpretation of events, according to the Jerusalem Post article.

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