Unknown to most, even among most Jews, Rudolph Kasztner was “the Jewish Schindler.” In 1944 he negotiated directly with senior SS officer Adolf Eichmann for the release of 1,685 Hungarian Jews in exchange for money, gold, and diamonds. After the war, he moved to Israel and became an important member of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, but his fortunes took a radical turn when he was accused of saving some Jews while not warning others of the imminent Nazi threat, and of giving testimony that allowed some Nazis to escape the Nuremberg trials. In 1955 he was found guilty of working too closely with the Nazis, and by the time the Israeli Supreme Court overturned the verdict in 1958, it was too late. Kasztner was assassinated in 1957 by Ze’ev Eckstein, a right-wing activist. The film keeps you guessing from the start, and I’m not going to give it away. You’ve got to watch this, especially the chilling testimony of Eckstein, who was pardoned after seven years, along with his two accomplices. Director Ross will be present for a post-movie discussion and Q&A.
10th Annual Jewish Film Festival
4:30pm Sun, Feb 13
Santikos Bijou @ Crossroads