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Author Szita, Szabolcs.

Title Trading in lives? : operations of the Jewish Relief and Rescue Committee in Budapest, 1944-1945 / by Szabolcs Szita ; [translated by Sean Lambert]
Edition 1st ed
Published Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, ©2005
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 237 pages) : illustrations
Contents Operations of the Budapest Relief and Rescue Committee from 1941 to 1944 -- The German Occupation of Hungary, March 19, 1944 -- The Sonderkommando and the Ungarnaktion -- The Deportation of Hungarian Jews in the Eyes of the World -- The SS Trading in Human Lives -- The "Sample Train" -- Another Chapter in Human Trade; Forced Labor for the SS -- More Looting-Daylight Robbery on a Different Plain -- An Extraordinary Hostage: János Mauthner and the Deputy Chief of the Gestapo in Vienna -- In the Lion's Maw -- Spring 1945 -- The Bonds Survive
Summary 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 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Translated from the Hungarian
Print version record
Subject Ṿaʻadat ha-ʻezrah ṿeha-hatsalah be-Budapeshṭ.
Ṿaʻadat ha-ʻezrah ṿeha-hatsalah be-Budapeshṭ.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue -- Hungary -- Budapest
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Hungary -- Budapest
Jews -- Persecutions -- Hungary -- Budapest
HISTORY -- Holocaust.
Jews -- Persecutions.
Hungary -- Budapest.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
Author Lambert, Sean.
ISBN 142371962X
Other Titles Aki egy embert megment--avilágot menti meg. English