Rezso Kasztner negotiated with the Nazis for thousands of Jewish lives. Viewed as a savior by some and a traitor by others, he was assassinated by a political fanatic. Now his granddaughter is running for prime minister of Israel.
57 years ago today, the verdict was read in the trial of Adolf Eichmann. Gabriel Bach, born in Germany in 1927 and educated in Berlin’s Theodore Herzl School on Adolf Hitler Square, was one of the prosecutors in the case. These are his stories.
How the architect of the Final Solution, an otherwise unremarkable bureaucrat, became a star character for film
Chris Weitz’s new ‘Operation Finale’ elegantly escapes turning into another dreary film that’s too embalmed in reverence to deal with real emotions
The ‘Shoah’ filmmaker, who died last week at age 92, would not look away
Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day: Brave men sounded the alarm that went tragically unheeded
Seventy-four years to the day after Nazi Germany’s occupation of Hungary, we are not done defending the truth of what happened in Budapest, of how Otto Komoly carried himself in the war, and whether Rudolf Kasztner’s ‘Blood for Goods’ rescue train was a noble or morally abhorrent act
Rokhl’s Golden City: In the off-days of Sukkot: not going to shul, going out with observant friends to hear an all-female klezmer band, and visiting Eichmann at a museum
On May 29, 1962, two days before he was hanged, Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann wrote a plea to Israeli President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, arguing that he was a ‘mere instrument’ in the effort to exterminate Europe’s Jews
Seventy years to the day after the start of the epoch-defining trials, three Jewish advocates stand above the rest: Jacob Robinson, Sir Hersch Lauterpacht, and Raphael Lemkin
Simon Wiesenthal Center confirms death of Alois Brunner four years ago
The collection offers a behind-the-scenes account of the historic event
‘Ha’Yehudim Ba’im’ takes on Jewish history, one sacred cow at a time
A new documentary and a new book look at Himmler and Eichmann through newly discovered letters
Philosopher Bettina Stangneth’s brilliant, newly translated study of the origins of evil shows why radicals like ISIS act like Nazis
Thrill to the Jewish Philosopher Queen as she does battle with boring Nazis, The New Yorker, and Mossad
A pair of new plays—one powerful, about Afghanistan; the other less successful, about Eichmann—bring recent history to the stage
A serious take on Eichmann and a less serious one on Hitler
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