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Of Bombs & Money: The Desperate Attempts to Save Hungarian Jewry

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With most of European Jewry decimated and the Red Army advancing in the east, the Hungarian Jewish community remained the last great center of Jewish life on the continent. Following the German invasion of Hungary in March 1944, senior SS officers were dispatched to Budapest to organize the deportations, which were to commence immediately and with terrifying speed. Legendary rescue activist Rabbi Michael Ber Weissmandel had years of experience at various rescue attempts by dealing directly with the Nazis from occupied Slovakia. He, together with his fellow members of the Working Group such as Gisi Fleischman, now turned to make a last ditch attempt at saving Hungarian Jewry. He did this in three ways: 1. The time tested efforts at bribery and ransom. This included closely following the negotiations that took place in Budapest between the Nazis and the Relief & Rescue Committee. 2. Beseeching the Allied Powers to bomb the crematorium at Auschwitz and the railways leading there. 3. Warning Hungarian Jewry what was in store for them. Though largely unsuccessful, his valiant efforts at rescue are a testimony to the greatness of this heroic individual and to the story of that tragic period of time.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:  PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @Jsoundbites You can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com


28 May 2020

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04.06.2020: Guests: Rabbi Uri Lupolianski, Founder of Yad Sarah in Israel, Shayna Frydman of Shalom Task Force, Mara McCrossin of OJNA, Yochi Herzog Discussing Helping Hungarian Jewry for Pesach

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6 Apr 2020

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Nachum Segal and Yochi Herzog Discuss the Topic of Helping Hungarian Jewry Before Pesach

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6 Apr 2020

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Rudolf's Rescue Scheme: Kastner & The Attempts To Save Hungarian Jewry

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Asara B'Teves is known in Israel also as "Yom Hakadish Haklali", and is a day which the victims of the Holocaust are commemorated with the recital of Kaddish. When focusing on the attempted rescue efforts during the Holocaust, one of the most controversial sagas is undoubtedly that of the one known as the "Kastner Train". Rudolf Kastner, a Hungarian Zionist leader, attempted to save a trainload of Jews from the deportations to Auschwitz. Ultimately, through direct negotiations with the Nazis, a train with over 1,600 Jews were saved. In doing so, Kastner did not reveal to the Jewish masses about the impending deportations that were to commence. Had he done so, his train would not have been saved. What was the responsibility of a Jewish leader at the time? To warn the many or to save the few? Was his identity as a secular Zionist a catalyst for his actions? And the ultimate question which perhaps might never be answered: Was he a hero or a villain?Subscribe To Our Podcast on:  PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @Jsoundbites You can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com


7 Jan 2020

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Some Historical Reflections by Rabbi Katz on the History of Hungarian Jewry in the Modern Era.

Jewish History with Rabbi Dr. Dovid Katz

Recorded in Budapest while on a Jewish History tour


15 Jul 2019