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Lot #    13416
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 2:19:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Latet Din - Rare German Edition
Title (Hebrew)    לתת דין - ולבקש דין (בשפה גרמנית)
Author    [Only Ed.- Community - Kasztner]Malkiel Gruenwald
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Ezriel
Publication Date    1956
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only German edition. 15, [1] pp., 200:150 mm., light age staining, creased. A good copy bound as issued. Very rare - no copy held or recorded in any major collection. Pamphlet was printed in a limited run and distributed by Gruenwald personally.
   In 1953 Malkiel Gruenwald of Jerusalem published a mimeographed leaflet in which he accused Kasztner of having collaborated with the German Nazis thereby hastening the destruction of Hungarian Jewry. He also alleged that at the Nuremberg trial of Kurt Becher, an S.S. officer, Kasztner had testified on his behalf and thereby helped in acquitting a war criminal. In view of the fact that the person being slandered was a government official, the Israel attorney general issued a writ of indictment against Gruenwald. On June 22, 1955, the judge gave his decision in the case, in which he accepted most of Gruenwald's accusations. The Israel Cabinet instructed the attorney general to lodge an appeal, a decision which caused a cabinet crisis when the General Zionists refused to support the government on a nonconfidence motion. The Kasztner case thus became a major issue in the election campaign of 1955. The appeal, however, was submitted and on Jan. 17, 1958, the Supreme Court quashed the lower court's decision, finding Gruenwald guilty on most points of the slander charge and thereby clearing Kasztner's name. Kasztner himself was no longer alive; on March 3, 1957, a young man from Tel Aviv, Ze'ev Eckstein, influenced by the political atmosphere created by the lower court's verdict, shot Kasztner in the street. He succumbed nine days later. The story of Kasztner served as the model for a novel by Robert St. John, The Man who Played God (1962).
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica