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. Ben Hecht’s “Perfidy”. With each passing year, the bureaucratically organized murder by the Nazis of six million Jews, because they were Jews, becomes. Perfidy by Ben Hecht. Is made available to you (in full text) by Scroll for . “I pray thee, mark me—that a brother should be so perfidious!”.

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Do not skip over this title. Aug 12, Jonathan Meola rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Nazis would trade a million Jews for 10, trucks to be used only against the Soviets on the eastern front. Lapid recalled that he first met Kastner perfjdy Israel, and that they worked alongside one other at the Uj Kelet Hungarian daily.

InIsrael TV broadcast a fair-minded documentary about the affair. For me that book was Ben Hecht’s Perfidywhich I devoured sometime in or ’75 after it appeared on a recommended perfisy list issued by the Jewish Defense League, of which I was a member.

Rudolf Kastner’s “rescue” of a trainload of Jews from Nazi-occupied Hungary would normally stand out as a tale to be commemorated, but I only wish I had read Hecht’s Perfidy when he was alive, and responded appropriately. The fact that Kastner did honor his promise proved his ultimate decency.

Does gecht think that people who collaborate with mass murderers wouldn’t lie to save their own skins? Want to Read saving…. My library Help Advanced Book Search. This review is without laughs or smiles. Was it time for me to reevaluate, to face the possibility that Hecht might have been mistaken in his interpretation of the Kastner case? Greenwald publishes a pamphlet accusing Rudolf Kastner of pdrfidy only testifying on behalf of Kurt Becher, a Nazi war criminal, and contributing to his exoneration, but collaborating with the Nazis in facilitating the deaths of overHungarian Jews during pervidy Holocaust.


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But then there was the great fall out of passion with the mainstream leaders of the nascent Jewish State. In an interview at Yad Vashem, librarian Rozett told me that the “Kastner archives” amount to just several boxes, and that the material contains no smoking gun – or, in terms of what I was looking for, no unsmoking gun that would demonstrate Kastner’s pure intentions. Hecht’s muckracking was so groundbreaking and the lessons can be relearned today.

Israel plans new West Bank settler housing project by Bethlehem, dubbed E2. Account Options Sign in. After hecgt, Hecht became increasingly invested in anti-Nazi activities. Your email address is kept private.

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There is so much to learn about the recen past that can help us deal with the present. Rather than facilitate the mission, Hecht wrote, Mapai leaders conspired with the British to have Brand detained.

I admire him even more for having the guts to speak the truth and trying so hard to help the victims. They were dust, economic and moral dust in a cruel world. Most people go along to get along, care little for others, and try to better their own situations as best they can.


Reading this book was painful — and it can be potentially dangerous for anyone who lacks grounding in either Zionist or Holocaust history.

It has exactly the type of courage she was writing about when presenting Ben Hecht to the reader. Overall, I feel this is an important book for a Jew to have read. As Hecht grew increasingly vociferous over the Nazi scourge, he realized his was a lonely voice.

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Milah Press- History – pages. 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 and his cohorts did and how they got away with it, I understood exactly how our own politicians heecht leaders have gotten away with lying for so long and on perfiry a grand scale to the people they are supposed to represent. He succumbed to his wounds on March 16, leaving a wife and year-old daughter.

Perfidy sold well enough to go into a second edition, though by the time I procured a copy it had gone out of print and was rumored to have been blacklisted.

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