Imagine that your friends, families, and neighbors were being taken away and killed because of their beliefs. If you had the power to save as many as you possibly could—but not all—would you use that power? This is exactly the decision Rezso Kasztner, a prominent Hungarian lawyer in the 1940’s, had to make as the Nazi’s invaded Hungary with the goal in mind to eradicate the entire Hungarian Jewish population. By ingratiating himself into Nazi culture and with sheer courage and smarts he negotiated a deal that resulted in Kasztner’s Train—the train ride that transported 1,684 Hungarian Jews out of Nazi-controlled Hungary to freedom in Switzerland.
Hungarian-born author Anna Porter tells the fascinating story behind Kasztner—what drove him to make the risky rescue and the controversy that followed his rescue mission and polarized his legacy in Kasztner’s Train: The True Story of an Unknown Hero of the Holocaust. Porter will give an author talk on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm. The talk will be followed by a book signing with books provided by the New England Mobile Book Fair.
Anna Porter personally experienced the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. She is the author of several books published only in Canada, including The Storyteller, a memoir of her family through seven centuries of Hungarian history. (NewtonFreeLibrary)