Kaszt­ner’s crime

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(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

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