Douglas & McIntyre
Kasztner's Train

Book details:

September 2008
ISBN 978-1-55365-403-2
Paperback - Trade
6" x 9"
520 pages
1 b&w illustrations, 30 b&w photographs
Biography & Autobiography / Biography
$24.95 CAD

Awards

Douglas & McIntyre

Kasztner's Train

The True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust

Winner of the Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize, the best-selling biography of a controversial hero.


“It is Anna Porter’s consummate art as a storyteller that makes this true tale of how a group of Hungarian Jews escaped the Holocaust so compelling. This is a must read that must become a must-see movie.” —Peter C. Newman, author and Holocaust escapee

In summer 1944, Rezso Kasztner met with Adolf Eichmann, architect of the Holocaust, in Budapest. With the Final Solution at its terrible apex and tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews being sent to Auschwitz every month, the two men agreed to allow 1,684 Jews to leave for Switzerland by train. In other manoeuvrings Kasztner may have saved another 40,000 Jews already in the camps. Kasztner was later judged for having "sold his soul to the devil." Prior to being exonerated, he was murdered in Israel in 1957.

Part political thriller, part love story and part legal drama, Porter's account explores the nature of Kasztner--the hero, the cool politician, the proud Zionist, the romantic lover, the man who believed that promises, even to diehard Nazis, had to be kept. The deals he made raise questions about moral choices that continue to haunt the world today.

About the Author

Anna  Porter

Anna Porter

Visit Anna's website at www.annaporter.ca. Anna Porter spent her early childhood in Hungary. Her family fled after the 1956 revolution, and she lived ...

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