Killing Kasztner – A Brand New Whitewash of a Nazi Collaborator

If you don’t know who Reszo Kasztner or Rudolf Kasztner or Rudolf Kastner was, the title of HaNefesh Ve’Hasatan about sums it up. Reszo Kasztner was one of the more prominent Jewish Nazi collaborators. Like many leading collaborators he started out trying to save Jewish lives, and like a lot of them ended up identifying more with the Nazis than with the Jews.

After the War Reszo Kasztner became a political football because he was appointed to a position in the Labor government in Israel. This led to attacks from Nationalist Zionists charging Kasztner with Nazi collaboration which instead of firing Kasztner, the Labor government tried to silence with a libel trail, that the government lost, when Kasztner began fondly remembering all his favorite Nazis while in the dock. A second government controlled trial exonerated him, but by then he had already been assassinated.

The Haredi Anti-Zionists meanwhile hypocritically tried to smear all of Israel as Nazi collaborators using Rudolf Kastner. This is the usual way that Haredi anti-Zionist smears ignore any distinctions between different Zionist groups. The only problem was that Kastner’s big payoff from the Nazis was the Kastner Train, which included the author of Vayoel Moshe. Yes, the irony is that the one Zionist Nazi collaborator actually rescued the Satmar Rebbe.

Meanwhile the left has been trying to exonerate Reszo Kasztner as a misunderstood guy. The big problem with that approach is that Reszo Kasztner didn’t just collaborate with the Nazis before the war, but after the war. Reszo Kasztner testified and worked on behalf of a bunch of top Nazis after the war, including Dieter Wisliceny who introduced the Yellow Star and Ghettos for Jews.

But the Pro Kasztner documentaries keep on coming. The latest Killing Kasztner is from an unimpeachable source, Gaylen Ross, a former model who appeared in Dawn of the Dead, and a bunch of episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger. Yeah seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. Killing Kasztner and uses the usual lame modern documentary formats. There’s already a trailer with lots of heroic music, chanting monks in the background, WWII footage and interviews with his daughter and the guy who supposedly shot him.

Even the trailer contains plenty of lies. Kasztner’s daughter claims that her father saved more Jews than anyone else. That honor would probably go to Frank Foley, certainly not Kasztner who saved important people, many of whom had paid off his Nazi buddies. But in the bigger picture, Kasztner helped kill a lot more Jews than he saved. Kasztner and some of his associates lied to Hungarian Jews telling them there was no danger and nothing to worry about, that everything was gonna be fight. Just sit back and relax. We got this one. A 1000 or so people, most of them rich and influential got an express train out of Nazi territory, the rest got Auschwitz.

I know the Jewish left has a way of not being able to let go of trying to rewrite history, but they might want to let Kasztner go. Especially when your latest argument comes from a guest star on two episodes of Walker Texas Ranger.

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6 thoughts on “Killing Kasztner – A Brand New Whitewash of a Nazi Collaborator

  1. Edith Palace says:

    He was a dirtbag! I was born in Koloszvar, Romania, after the war!
    My grandparents, my father’s first family including his 4 year old daughter, Erika, were all put into the brick factory in Koloszvar, after Pesach, and stuffed into the cattle trains to Aushwitz.
    The payment per head to get into the Kasztner train was $40,000!
    Many of his trains went empty- since the rest of the Koloszvar Jews could not come up with that kind of money, and rather than break up a family, an entire family would go together to certain death!
    Let us not make out of this dirtbag something he never was!!!!
    His daughter in Israel should shut her face- and hide!!!!!

  2. He was a small person, from a village. a chance made him into a prominent. He just wasn’t up to the task. Karstner did not save influential Jews only, but a lot of simple people from his village. Just a small guy who couldn’t handle the events. And who could? It would take a different kind of a person to warn the Jews of their fate, and even then they probably won’t believe him or, as Warsaw ghetto events demonstrates, their revolt had no chance to succeed.

  3. samuraimohel says:

    What in the world are you talking about?

    Kastner was well educated, smooth, sophisticated and a lawyer who mixed with politicians all the time. He’s not the simple bumpkin you’re trying to paint him as. He successfully manipulated the Jews of Hungary to their deaths, yet somehow he couldn’t have warned them of what was coming.

    The People Kastner “saved” at the cost of so many hundreds of thousands of others… were either rich or important, or people he had some personal connections to.

    Apologetics like this are frankly sickening.

  4. Mordechai Levy says:

    B’SD
    Kasztner is NO Hero !

    There is nothing heroic about Kasztner who refused to save
    the hundreds of thousands of Jews in Hungary choosing instead to
    rescue his friends and family ! At that very time that Kastner collaborated
    with the Nazi murder machine a different group of real heroes was trying to
    rescuse them the Irgun that set up an operation called Af Al Pi organized by Zev
    Jabotinky and Ben _Hecht to smuggle huge numbers of Jews out on boats and bring them
    to pre-state Israel.Of course these Irgun boys risked arrest at the hands of the British
    government for violating a Britsh law called the White Paper used to keep Auschwitz fleeing
    Jews from getting into Israel.At the time both Kastner and Ben Gurion condemned the life saving
    rescue operations because it “violated British law. Now compare the act of treachery of letting
    nad helping the Nazis murder other Jews which is what Kastner did, with the noble action of the
    Orhodox Rabbis and Torah Sages (in cooperation with the Irgun) who heroically marched on the
    White House in 1943 to demand that Pres Roosevelt rescuse all of the Jews facing being
    murdered ! The Torah Sages were the heroes and Kastner is not !

    B’SD

    Zev Jabotinsky had actually in the late 1930’s
    set up a rescue the Jews from the Holocaust called Af Al Pi .
    It rented boats and all over Europe rescued as amny Jews as possible.
    In fact he wrote an article called ” The New Jewish Sport” in which he praised the Irgun and
    Betar for rescuing Jdews from the clutches of the Nazi murderers Jabotinsky was condemned by
    the Ben Gurion crowd and the Jewish Establsihment leaders like Henry Montor of the Jewish
    Federation “for bringing floating coffins” to pre-state Israel and dating to upset the British and
    violate the White Paper.At the time Jabotinsky’s son Eri in 1939 was arrested in pre-state Israel
    by the British for running one of those life saving voyages !

    In the meantime a group of Jabotinsky followers including Ben Hecht formed the Emergency
    Committee to Rescue the Jews in Europe.That waslate 1939 and 40.In fact Rabbi Stephen Wise a
    long time opponent of Jabotinsky condemned in early 1940 all the way to the end of the war as a
    group of “Irgun racketeers” and no should support them.The Irgun had existed by the way in the
    early 1930 and its secret leader was Jabotinsky.The leader in pre-state Israel was David Raziel.
    Begin succeeded Raziel in 1944. B’SD

    Zev Jabotinsky had actually in the late 1930;s set up a rescue the Jews from the Holocaust
    called Af Al Pi .It rented boats and all over Europe rescued as amny Jews as possible.
    In fact he wrote an article called ” The New Jewish Sport” in which he praised the Irgun and
    Betar for rescuing Jdews from the clutches of the Nazi murderers Jabotinsky was condemned by
    the Ben Gurion crowd and the Jewish Establsihment leaders like Henry Montor of the Jewish
    Federation “for bringing floating coffins” to pre-state Israel and dating to upset the British and
    violate the White Paper.At the time Jabotinsky’s son in 1939 was arrested in pre-state Israel by
    the British for running one of those life saving voyages !

    In the meantime a group of Jabotinsky followers including Ben Hecht formed the Emergency
    Committee to Rescue the Jews in Europe.That waslate 1939 and 40.In fact Rabbi Stephen Wise a
    long time opponent of Jabotinsky condmened in early 1940 all the way to the end of the war as a
    group of “Irgun racketeers” and no should support them.The Irgun had existed by the way in the
    early 1930 and its secret leader was Jabotinsky.The leader in pre-state Israel was David
    Raziel.Begin succeeded Raziel in 1944.In the meantime just as Jabotinsky visited his groups
    Jewisgh armed training camp of Betar to actually oversee weapons training for the creation of a
    voluteer Jewish army in Aug 1940 In 1943 the Orthodox Rabbis & Torah Sages (in cooperation
    with the Irgun that ran and staffed the Emergency Committee to rescue the jews in Europe,
    marched and demanded the Roosevelt rescue Jews from the Holocaust.It was these rallies
    thathumiliated the Roosevelt administation under pressure to form the War Refugee Board and
    save a small number of Jews.Further it was the Torah Sages who actually came up with the idea
    of bombing the railroad lines to Auschwitz. Now who fought against this noble idea ? Ben Guron
    and the entire Ben Gurion crownd whch Kastner was part of. We will say it loud and clear that
    thee is a Mitzvah called Ahavat Yisroel, love of one’s fellow Jews One thing the Irgun and Betar
    types practiced vis a vis those rescue ships, they took any Jew on them even Jews who had been
    outright opponents of Jabotinsky 5 years before that !!

    When Jews are facing murder at the hands of the Nazis you rescue them and not make a deal to
    save your own family and friends and collaborate with the Nazi murderers to kill the rest like
    Kastner the betrayer did !

  5. Sammy Finkelman says:

    Did Kastner at any point actually refuse to publicize the dangers from the Nazis? was there really a tradeoff? What about after the train left?

  6. Michael Ezra says:

    Not only did Kasztner not warn the Jews of Hungary of their fate, according to an eyewitness testimony, the Jewish Council (Judenrate) in Hungary distributed postcards from Jews that had been sent to Auschwitz claiming that they were well and in a place called Waldsee. This was a fictitious place and Kasztner knew very that it was so.

    Sadly, the documentary Killing Kasztner presents a one sided and distorted picture as to what actually happened. Had Ms. Ross spent less time showing how upset Kasztner’s daughter was and less time with those lucky few who escaped on Kasztner’s train, and at least interviewed one Holocaust survivor from Auschwitz who was originally from Hungary, viewers may have had a better understanding of why Jews in his Kasztner’s home town of Cluj in Hungary claimed that they would have ripped Kasztner limb for limb had he retuned there.

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