"Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis"
Wed, September 15, 2010 • 7:00 PM • The Alamo Ritz Downtown 320 E. 6th Street, Austin
Film screening followed by Q&A with Director Gaylen Ross
This is the most remarkable story of Rezso Kasztner, known as the Jewish Schindler, who negotiated face to face with Adolf Eichmann to get a rescue train of 1700 Jews from Hungary to Switzerland during the worst of the deportations to Auschwitz. Called “the Kasztner Train,” the group was held for ransom in the concentration camp Bergen Belsen, until they were all finally released in December to safety — among them Zionists, Rabbis, scholars, and orphans. 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." The judgment was later overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court but not before Kasztner was assassinated in Tel Aviv by Jewish extremists in 1957.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and played to sold out audiences throughout Israel. Most recently it had a remarkable seven week run in New York, with critical acclaim in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, and received the Award for Best Documentary Feature Film at the Boston Jewish Film Festival.