Perfidy has 86 ratings and 12 reviews. Ze’ev said: This is Israel No one can say he truly understands how the State of Israel came to be if they hav. Once in a very great while you read a book that forever changes your perspective . For me that book was Ben Hecht’s Perfidy, which I devoured. Ben HECHT. PERFIDY with supplements. Julian Messner, Inc. New York [] Of course, Ben Hecht is himself a Zionist, an ultra-Zionist, one can say.

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Rather than facilitate the mission, Hecht wrote, Mapai leaders conspired with the British to have Brand detained. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Who better to bring peffidy story to the English reading public than Ben Hecht.

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Rise and Kill First: Books by Ben Hecht. KIRKUS REVIEW The story has been told before- piecemeal on the front pages of Israeli newspapers, and in the back columns of American dailies -but here for the first time in a single volume is the eprfidy monstrous saga of the Kastner trial – complete with verbatim testimony, letters, background data, personal portraits.

Account Options Sign in. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I’m glad Hecht chose to tell this story. Furthermore, if I were writing the earlier paragraph in Hecht’s florid style, it might have read something like this: He was just about the only person in Hollywood who actively tried to do something about what everyone knew was happening hfcht didn’t want to talk about.


I’ve always admired his talent as a writer, best known for “The ;erfidy Page” and screenplays like Notorious. May 21, Femi Kush rated it really liked it. Infor instance, “documents” were reportedly discovered which were said to “prove” that Kastner had saved the lives of hefht, Jews – and that Kurt Becher had collaborated with Kastner, not the other way around.

This speaks of the perfidy, or wickedness, that the founders of the state of Israel allowed to be perpetrated upon their fellow Jews. The reader must weigh and ponder – though Ben Hecht has taken his stand – dramatically, cogently and with captivating force.

Sure, Kastner packed as many friends and family on board as possible, but so what? English Choose a language for shopping.

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If you wish to understand genocide, read Perfidy. Share on facebook Share on twitter. Peridy and then I sit down to write some poems, not out of an irresistible urge to express myself, but out of the pure joy of playing with words and forming word sequences that make sense as well as music. The libel trial of Kastner establishes the outline of that hidden past, protected by the political interests of some of Israel’s early leaders. They were dust, economic and moral dust in a cruel world.

I used to ask how anyone in Germany could have voted for Hitler, until I saw millions of Americans vote for a government eprfidy had killed millions of innocents in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and then vote for a “new” government that was pledged to expand those wars, and did so, killing more innocents in Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and now Syria and the Ukraine. This sort of thing gave them a sense of superiority. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.


For instance, the impetus for Kastner’s dealings with the Nazis in the first place was the fact that Dieter Wisliceny, Eichmann’s envoy, had arrived in Budapest with a letter of introduction from Rabbi Michael Dov Ber Weissmandel. As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner. My parents spoke often of The Holocaust and that we had relatives who had died in concentration camps. Allied governments such as Great Hehct had refused to take action to block the trains from carrying thousands of them to certain death.

Nevertheless, Rozett argued, “Ben Hecht’s book is not a work of history” and his interpretations are simply wrong. Rudolf Kastner was a prominent journalist representing this new government and supported by its Prime Minister David Ben Gurion.