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KILLING KASZTNER, a film screening and discussion

Please join us for a viewing of "Killing Kasznter," with discussion following. Light refreshments served. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, March 01, 2010
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
UCLA school of Law, Room 1430
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Written and directed by Gaylen Ross

Israel’s most inflammatory political trial and assassination of the 1950s, of Rezso Kasztner, including the first chilling interview with his murderer....

How much should you negotiate with the Nazis? In Israel, the debate over that question evoked fury to the point of assassination. Such was the case of Kasztner, a Hungarian Jew who tried to rescue the last million Jews of Europe by negotiating face to face with Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann. Some people considered Kasztner a hero for his eventual heart stopping rescue of almost 1700 Jews on a train to safety in Switzerland, in what became known as “Kasztner’s train.”

Yet after Kasztner moved to Israel, many accused him of collaborating with the enemy. He fought a vicious libel battle in a trial that portrayed him as “the Man who Sold his Soul to the Devil,” and was ultimately assassinated in Tel Aviv in 1957.

The film follows Kasztner’s family and survivors; plagued by a legacy they are determined to change. And after 50 years the assassin Ze’ev Eckstein breaks his silence, revealing step by step the events and passions that transformed a young man into an agent of politics and revenge.

There will be a discussion following the film with two Holocaust survivors who were rescued on Kasznter’s train, George Bishop and Arthur Stern.

Light refreshments will be served prior to the screening.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m.


Parking is available for $10 and may be purchased at the parking kiosk located at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme Avenues.

Cost : Free of charge.

Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Center for Jewish Studies

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