(Dr) Sharman Kadish, Manchester M25
Attacking my book Kasztner’s Crime, George Donath (Letters, March 31) refers to “Kasztner’s merit” in saving several hundred Hungarian Jews who were taken to the SS-guarded Columbus Street camp in Budapest during 1944. He does not mention the reason why the SS agreed to such “rescue operations” — a reason acknowledged by Israeli Attorney-General Chaim Cohen
Nor can Mr Donath explain why Kasztner’s messages to the free world described AuschwitzBirkenau as a mere “industrial centre,” or why Kasztner stated that the Jews deported from Hungary were alive and sending postcards from the Nazi decoy site of “Waldsee.” Kasztner knew full well that Auschwitz-Birkenau was a death camp and that the deportees had been murdered there.
Mr. Donath accuses me of dissembling when I say that I originally believed in Kasztner’s innocence. The truth is that on March 5, 2008, to my subsequent regret, I chaired a meeting at the London Jewish Cultural Centre devoted to defending Kasztner. Among the speakers was Kasztner’s daughter.
Paul Bogdanor, Bournemouth BH1