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Many Holocaust documentaries fall prey to a droning moral certitude, but this compelling 2008 video by Gaylen Ross tells a story fraught with uncomfortable questions. Rudolph Kasztner was a Jewish-Hungarian attorney who cut a deal with Adolph Eichmann in 1944 to spare the lives of some 1,685 Jewish countrymen; Eichmann later alleged that as part of the deal Kastzner agreed to promote the fiction that Hungary's remaining Jews would be deported, when in fact they were sent to Auschwitz. Nine years later, Kasztner was serving in the Israeli government when a right-wing pamphleteer accused him of collaborating with the Nazis; though the government sued for libel on his behalf, Kastzner became a national pariah and was assassinated in 1957. By the end of the video, Ross manages to bring the aging assassin face to face with Kastzner's daughter and granddaughters, and along the way she explores in fascinating detail the ethical complexities of Kastzner's wartime negotiations and the political intricacies surrounding the fateful libel trial. 120 min.
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Director: Gaylen Ross
Writer: Andy Cohen and Gaylen Ross

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