Commemorate this Channukah
THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE KASZTNER TRAIN's ARRIVAL TO SWITZERLAND
Critical Acclaim for the New DVD Edition!
"The endlessly fascinating and controversial story of Rezso Kasztner, which made news just last week when his assassin gave a newspaper interview, is detailed in a complex and gripping documentary, Killing Kasztner, by Gaylen Ross. The New Republic called the film "superb" and I named it as one of the 10 Best Movies of 2009.
The DVD features an expanded version of the film, never seen in the US, which runs over three hours and includes several bonus features, among them first-hand accounts by survivors of the rescue train and commentary by former Israeli Supreme Court justice and Eichmann prosecutor Gabriel Bach. You can buy Killing Kasztner DVD on Amazon or on the website, www.killingkasztner.com " - Hannah Brown
Hero or Traitor: The Life, Murder, and Afterlife of Dr. Rezso Kasztner
Had the DVD merely presented the documentary, it would have been well worth the price and the time of any viewer interested in the Holocaust or in Israel's representation of the Holocaust then and now.
But as a supplement to the original film Ross has gathered significant material. Three panel discussions featuring survivors and leading historians of the Holocaust in Hungary, the rescue efforts and of Israel's public memory of the Shoah; interviews with the remaining figures of the trial and Kasztner assassination: Gabriel Bach, the charming and dapper former Israeli Supreme Court Justice who handled the successful appeal of the Kasztner verdict to the Supreme Court and later served a young prosecutor assisting Gideon Hausner in the Eichmann trial; Kasztner's train survivors describing the trip to Switzerland and the their experience in Bergen Belsen as a semi-protected population. And finally a more extensive interview with Ze'ev Eckstein the complicated, conspiratorial assassinungaria who was a double agent working for the Shin Bet against right wing extremists before he joined their cause. He reveals much, yet conceals even more.
Were the DVD to present the film alone, Dayenu - it would have sufficed.
Were it to contain merely the interview with Eckstein or with Bloch, the survivors testimony of Bergen Belsen and the train, or the interview with Peretz Revesz, the last survivor of the Vaada, Dayenu.
Were it to have contained any one of the three scholarly panels that, too, would have sufficed.
But each of the segments only adds to the importance of the whole, and Ross has offered us a deep, courageous, and honest exploration of the controversy and for this we should be most grateful. - Michael Berenbaum