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In the Kastner affair, as it is known, a seemingly insignificant refugee from Hungary accuses an important member of David Ben Gurion s Mapai party of collaborating with the Nazis during the murder of Hungarian Jewry. Over 30 years out-of-print, Perfidy is back, with murder, conspiracy and deep betrayal at its disturbing core. Playwright and historian of public conscience, ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 10th 2012 by Gefen Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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A book like this, which is clearly meant to critique respected figures and accepted historical narratives, needs to be read critically in its own right.

This book explores historical events but doesn't do so with the objectivity of academic research. There are facts in this book, and there is also interpretation. Hecht does not always distinguish between the two. This book, therefore, should be read as a polemic. Nothing more, nothing less.

Here is a small, early example of the difference between
Ze'ev Shemer
This is Israel 101. No one can say he truly understands how the State of Israel came to be if they have not read this book. The people that form Israel's government, and have been in control since its inception in 1948, will tell you that this book in no accurate. One of the most powerful tools of today's deceivers is their ability to rewrite history and then accuse those speak the truth of being either extremists or insane.

Do not skip over this title.

Yair Bezalel
I am changed after reading this book. Hecht's skill as a writer is on full display here, you forget you're reading a book and instead are transformed into a witness for this inhumane tragedy. All I can say is that it is acutely painful, at times beautiful ( the portraits of inhumanity are balanced by the few acts of true bravery and heroism) and all in all very necessary reading. To conclude, from this book, all I have left to add is that I love Israel. The land, the people. But the Israeli gove ...more
Mark E. Smith
The author uses the Kastner trial to document how many of the most important and esteemed Zionist founders of Israel collaborated with the Nazis to send millions of European Jews to their deaths. Among these notables are many who falsely claimed to have "saved Jews," or at least to have worked towards saving Jews, when they had actually murdered Jews who had spoken the truth and attempted to intervene.

Can this be true? I know with every fiber of my being that it is. Although I no longer consider
Jonathan Meola
Ben Hecht, along with Peter Bergson, sounded the calls of alarm in the period leading up to, and during, the implementation of Hitler's Final Solution for the "Jewish Problem". The only problem was, very few in positions of power (be they Jewish or not) listened until it was too little, too late.

This is the kind of book that can shake your fundamental beliefs to the core... and sometimes, that's a good thing. Rudolf Kastner's "rescue" of a trainload of Jews from Nazi-occupied Hungary would norma
Very interesting narrative, differs completely from others in dealing with the Jews Holocaust, and complicity of the so called Jews Agency.
A good book for anyone who is interested in seeking out real history and not just the mainstream lies. This speaks of the perfidy, or wickedness, that the founders of the state of Israel allowed to be perpetrated upon their fellow Jews. This book was kind of hard to get into because it is so pro-Zionist and I'm so anti-Zionist. To that point, Ben Hecht gushed numerous times about the brave patriots fighting for a Jewish homeland, but he has nothing to say about the Palestinians whose land is bei ...more
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