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Some of the key documents on Rezső Kasztner’s activities during and after the Holocaust.

The July 15 Minutes

Kasztner’s Admission to Becher (1944: Hungarian/German)
Kasztner’s Admission to Becher (1944: English)
On July 15, 1944, Kasztner and Becher met for a review of the negotiations so far. Kasztner admitted that the Jews in Hungary’s ghettos had boarded the death trains “like cattle,” ignorant of their fate, because of his negotiations with the Nazis.

The Strasshof Operation

Kaltenbrunner to Blaschke (1944)
This document, submitted at Nuremberg, disproves Kasztner’s claim of credit for the transfer of 15,000 Hungarian Jews to Strasshof, Vienna, instead of Auschwitz. Kasztner’s supporters still advance this claim even though it was refuted at the Nuremberg Trials, the Kasztner Trial, and the Eichmann Trial.

The Nuremberg Trials

The London Affidavit (1945)
Kasztner’s main statement to the Nuremberg tribunal, branding his former Nazi contacts as war criminals, while conceding that Eichmann’s Goods for Blood offer entailed deporting Jews to Auschwitz in order to be “rescued.”
Affidavit for Kurt Becher (1946)
Affidavit for Kurt Becher (1947)
Affidavit for Kurt Becher (1948)
Affidavit of Walter H. Rapp (1956)
Kasztner saves Himmler’s former agent in Budapest, who had extorted and plundered Hungarian Jews.
Gerhart Riegner to Maurice Perlzweig (1955)
Riegner writes that the World Jewish Congress never gave Kasztner permission to help Becher.
Affidavit for Hans Jüttner (1948)
Kasztner helps the commander of the Waffen-SS, responsible for the mass murder of Jews on the Eastern front.
Affidavit for Hermann Krumey (1948)
Kasztner helps Eichmann’s assistant in the mass murder of Jews in Poland and other countries.
Letter for Dieter Wisliceny (1947)
Kasztner tries to save Eichmann’s henchman from the death penalty.

The Kasztner Trial

The District Court Verdict (1955: Hebrew)
The District Court Verdict [Excerpts] (1955: English)
Judge Benjamin Halevi’s decision accusing Kasztner of selling his soul to the Devil.
Kastner Speaks: “My Conscience is Clear” (1955)
Dr. Kastner Denies Collaborating With Nazis (1955)
Kasztner protests his innocence.
The Supreme Court Verdict (1958: Hebrew)
The Silberg Dissent [Excerpts] (1958: English)
Three Supreme Court judges voted to overturn the District Court verdict while exonerating Kasztner. One judge voted to overturn the verdict while condemning Kasztner. One judge voted to affirm most of the verdict while condemning Kasztner.

A Nazi Agent?

Simon Wiesenthal on the Kasztner Affair (c1955)
The famous Nazi-hunter claims to have heard a Nazi officer referring to Kasztner as a Nazi agent.
Elie Wiesel Interviews Felix Kersten (1959)
Himmler’s confidant claims to have heard top Nazis referring to Kasztner as a Nazi agent.