Setting The Past Free [world Service]

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01Setting the Past Free - Part One - The Documentary20160504

The Rudolf Kastner story - a hero or villain of the Holocaust?

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

01The Documentary20160504

01The Documentary20160504

Mark Lawson explores the varied cultural retellings of the Rudolf Kastner story - is he a hero or villain of the Holocaust?

01The Documentary20160504

The Rudolf Kastner story - a hero or villain of the Holocaust?

01The Documentary20160504

The Rudolf Kastner story - a hero or villain of the Holocaust?

Mark Lawson explores the varied cultural retellings of the Rudolf Kastner story - is he a hero or villain of the Holocaust?

02Setting the Past Free - The Documentary20160511

Wrestling with Rudolf Kastner's story and the issues it raises

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

For some Rudolf Kastner is a hero, for others a traitor. Mark Lawson explores the cultural retellings of a story that began in Nazi occupied Hungary in 1944. At the time Kastner, a lawyer and a journalist, was deputy chairman of the Relief and Rescue Committee. He negotiated with Adolf Eichmann to save Jewish lives but did he pay for them with other Jewish lives?

In this programme, Mark Lawson talks to those within Israel - including the playwright Motti Lerner, the Chief Historian of Yad Vashem Professor Dina Porat, and the literary critic Professor Dan Laor - who have wrestled with Kastner's story and the issues it raises.

Image: A Hungarian woman looks for her relatives names on the Hungarian Jewish holocaust victims memorial wall in Budapest, Credit AFP/Getty Images

02The Documentary20160511

02The Documentary20160511

For some Rudolf Kastner is a hero, for others a traitor. Mark Lawson explores the cultural retellings of a story that began in Nazi occupied Hungary in 1944. At the time Kastner, a lawyer and a journalist, was deputy chairman of the Relief and Rescue Committee. He negotiated with Adolf Eichmann to save Jewish lives but did he pay for them with other Jewish lives?

In this programme, Mark Lawson talks to those within Israel - including the playwright Motti Lerner, the Chief Historian of Yad Vashem Professor Dina Porat, and the literary critic Professor Dan Laor - who have wrestled with Kastner's story and the issues it raises.

Image: A Hungarian woman looks for her relatives names on the Hungarian Jewish holocaust victims memorial wall in Budapest, Credit AFP/Getty Images

02The Documentary20160511

Wrestling with Rudolf Kastner's story and the issues it raises

02The Documentary20160511

Wrestling with Rudolf Kastner's story and the issues it raises

For some Rudolf Kastner is a hero, for others a traitor. Mark Lawson explores the cultural retellings of a story that began in Nazi occupied Hungary in 1944. At the time Kastner, a lawyer and a journalist, was deputy chairman of the Relief and Rescue Committee. He negotiated with Adolf Eichmann to save Jewish lives but did he pay for them with other Jewish lives?

In this programme, Mark Lawson talks to those within Israel - including the playwright Motti Lerner, the Chief Historian of Yad Vashem Professor Dina Porat, and the literary critic Professor Dan Laor - who have wrestled with Kastner's story and the issues it raises.

Image: A Hungarian woman looks for her relatives names on the Hungarian Jewish holocaust victims memorial wall in Budapest, Credit AFP/Getty Images