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KILLING KASZTNER: The Jew Who Dealt with the Nazis



True stories rarely contain a historic mystery, a courtroom drama, a political murder and a family saga, but all can be found in the documentary Killing Kasztner. In Nazi occupied Hungary, Rezso Kasztner, known as the Jewish Schindler, dared to negotiate face to face with Adolf Eichmann to rescue 1700 Jews, and may have saved tens of thousands of more lives. Yet Kasztner was condemned as a traitor in his adopted country of Israel accused as a collaborator in a trial and verdict that divided a nation and forever stamped him as the "man who sold his soul to the devil." It was a verdict overturned by Israel's Supreme Court but it was too late for Kasztner who was assassinated by Jewish right wing extremists in Tel Aviv in 1957. Director Gaylen Ross investigates this tale of murder, intrigue, and heroism through accounts of the inflammatory political trial, startling revelations from Kasztner's assassin, Ze'ev Eckstein, and a chilling meeting between the killer and Kasztner's daughter, Zsuzsi.

"I thought I knew the whole story, but after seeing the remarkable film I now realize how much I didn't know." - ABRAHAM H. FOXMAN, National Director, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and a Holocaust survivor

"10 Best Films of the Year" - THE JERUSALEM POST
"Superb" - THE NEW REPUBLIC
"Splendid" - THE FORWARD

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

Tuesday, July 27
2pm, JCC Hart Theatre


Director: Gaylen Ross
Country: US
Running Time: 120 min.
Year: 2008
Language: English/Hebrew w/ subtitles
Genre: Documentary