Rudolf Kasztner and Kurt Becher: The Sociopolitical Context of Kasztner’s September 1945 Affidavit

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Rudolf Kasztner's August 1947 affidavit is generally thought to represent his views about Kurt Becher, his Nazi partner in operations to rescue Jews during the final months of the Second World War. This affidavit casts Becher as a heroic rescuer of Jews. Most scholars, however, have failed to situate Kasztner's "first affidavit" of September 1945 in its proper sociopolitical context. In this earlier affidavit Kasztner dismisses Becher as a villain and opportunist, which contradicts his "second affidavit" of August 1947. As a result, the first affidavit casts doubt on some of the scholarly assumptions that have arisen from Kasztner's August 1947 testimony. This paper is an effort to revisit Kasztner's September 1945 testimony and situate it in its proper sociopolitical context.
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Christian R Szabo
October 16, 2012
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