Come to Temple Emanu-El, 756 East Broad Street, Westfield, for the award-winning documentary, Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis, on Sunday, October 24, at 7:00p.m., and be a part of a very special evening exploring the incredible story of Rezso Kasztner, known as the Jewish Schindler. Kasztner saved nearly 1700 Jews sent to Bergen-Belsen for five months and then taken by train to Switzerland by negotiating face to face with Adolf Eichmann. Following the viewing of the documentary, a discussion will be held featuring Gaylen Ross, Producer/Director of the film and Arthur Stern, a Budapest-born survivor, who was one of the Hungarian Jews taken to Bergen-Belsen and later to Switzerland on the Kasztner Transport.
The film explores the controversial Kasztner who, in 1954, was at the “center of a libel trial” and was later assassinated by Jewish extremists. Nearly sixty years later this extraordinary documentary examines the trial’s background and narratives. It includes the bitter battle of political forces inside Israel during its early years, the silent and painful stigma Holocaust survivors carried in Israel, and the deals made during WWII with Nazis. It also explores the survival of nearly 1700 Hungarian Jews who lived through Bergen-Belsen and then the freedom transport to Switzerland. See the chilling interview with Kasztner’s assassin, Ze'ev Eckstein, conducted by the documentary’s producer/director Gaylen Ross nearly fifty years after the trial.