Trading in Lives?: Operations of the Jewish Relief and Rescue Committee in Budapest, 1944-1945 (Google eBook)

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Central European University Press, 2005 - History - 237 pages
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Set in the tumultuous moments of 1944-45 Budapest, this work discusses the operations of the Budapest Relief and Rescue Committee. Drawing out the contradictions and complexities of the mass deportations of Hungarian Jews during the final phase of World War II, Szita suggests that in the Hungarian context, a commerce in lives ensued, where prominent Zionists like Dr. Rezso Kasztner negotiated with the higher echelons of the SS, trying to garner the freedom of Hungarian Jews. Szita's portrait of the controversial Kasztner is a more sympathetic rendition of a powerful Zionist leader who was later assassinated in Israel for his dealings with Nazi leaders. Szita reveals a story of interweaving personalities and conflicts during arguably the most tragic moment in European history. The author's extensive research is a tremendous contribution to a field of study that has been much ignored by scholarship-the Hungarian holocaust and the trade in human lives.
  

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Contents

1 Operations of the Budapest Relief and Rescue Committee from 1941 to 1944
2 The German Occupation of Hungary March 19 1944
17
3 The Sonderkommando and the Ungarnaktion
25
a Eichmann on the Move Again
26
b The Organizations of Terror Settle In
31
c March26Deportation of the First Captives
35
d The Ungarnaktion in Full Swing
37
e The Hungarian Prisoners of the Vienna Gestapo
40
c Jews from the Great Hungarian Plain in the Region of Gau Niederdonau
114
8 More LootingDaylight Robbery on a Different Plain
123
b Blackmail and Buyout Continue
133
c Hopes and Doubtsthe Prospects of the Negotiations
138
d Summer Months in Columbus Street
146
e More Kidnappings and Arrests
148
Janos Mauthner and the Deputy Chief of the Gestapo in Vienna
154
10 In the Lions Maw
163

f In the Buda Prison of the Gestapo
42
4 The Deportation of Hungarian Jews in the Eyes of the World
45
b Protests
46
c Another German Coverup Game
52
5 The SS Trading in Human Lives
55
b The Columbus Street Camp
66
c The SS Buyout Proposal Mediated by Joel Brand
68
d Zionist Youths
74
e The Ordeals of the Emissary of the Dead
77
f Some Conclusions
85
6 The Sample Train
87
b The Swiss Reception
92
7 Another Chapter in Human Trade Forced Labor for the SS
99
b Camp Life in Greater Vienna
103
b December 7 The Second Train to Switzerland
168
c Arrow Cross Terror and the ReFilling of the Ungamlager
170
d Subsequent Negotiations in Switzerland
178
e The Rescue Committee in Budapest Winter 1944
184
11 Spring 1945
189
b The Fate of the Rescue Committees Swiss Charges
193
12 The Bonds Survive
197
b The Kasztner Report
202
c Kurt Beeher Savior of the Jews
205
d Kasztners Subsequent Activities the Jerusalem Trial
207
e Bechers Single Interview
213
Epilogue
217
Index
223
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Szabolcs Szita is cofounder of the Holocaust Documentation Center in Budapest Hungary, and has been its Research Director since 1990.

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