David Cesarani (ed.), <i>Genocide and Rescue: The Holocaust in Hungary</i>. London and New York: Berg, 1997. 220 pp.

Andrea Petö

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195134681
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848652 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

David Cesarani (ed.), Genocide and Rescue: The Holocaust in Hungary. London and New York: Berg, 1997. 220 pp.

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A review of the book, Genocide and Rescue: The Holocaust in Hungary by David Cesarani is presented. The deportation and murder of 435,000 Hungarian Jews during the last months of the Second World War is the most painful chapter in the history of Hungarian Jewry. The book investigates the motivations and morality of various actions taken by different actors in this drama. If events of the Hungarian Holocaust constitute a kind of moral drama, the same is true of the historical narrative, which also has its heroes, villains and neutral figures, and whose narrator, as Hayden White puts it, recounts the story with the “author's moral authority”.

Keywords: Hungary; Hungarian Jews; deportation; Second World War; Holocaust

Chapter.  1079 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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