Author(s): Ladislaus Lob
Two months after his eleventh birthday, on 9 July 1944, the gates of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp closed behind Ladislaus Lob. Five months later, with the Second World War still raging, he crossed the border into Switzerland, cold and hungry, but alive and safe. He was not alone, but part of a group of some 1,670 Jewish men, women and children from Hungary, who had been rescued from the Nazis as a result of a deal made by a man called Rezso Kasztner - himself a Hungarian Jew - with Adolf Eichmann, the chief architect of the Holocaust.Twelve years and a miscarriage of justice later Kasztner was murdered by an extremist Jewish gang in Israel. To this day he remains a highly controversial figure, regarded by some as a traitor and by many others as a hero. "Dealing with Satan" tells the story of the man who saved hundreds - indeed probably thousands - from the Holocaust. It is also the story of a child who lived to grow up after the Holocaust thanks to that man. This book is the first comprehensive account of a highly dramatic and controversial episode of the Holocaust and its implications for Jewish/Israeli politics today.
Rezso Kasztner was published to wide-acclaim. Dealing with Satan is the story of Rezso Kasztner, the man responsible for saving Bela Zsolt, and the author himself.Combining history with memoir, In what is ultimately a remarkably honest analysis of morality and survival, Ladislaus Lob examines the life and actions of a man of extraordinary contradictions.
"Lob's story is, at times, heartbreaking. . . . It is fair to say that, even though, Kasztner saved more Jewish lives during World War II than any other Jew, the history books have not wholly acknowledged this triumph." - "Sunday Business Post"
Ladislaus Lob was born in Transylvania . He is Emeritus Professor of German at the University of Sussex.