Escap­ing Auschwitz: A Cul­ture of Forgetting

Ruth Linn
  • Review
By – September 28, 2012

Escap­ing Auschwitz is a first-rate treat­ment of a crit­i­cal­ly impor­tant event that might be called an emerg­ing black hole: Rudolph Vrba and Adolf Wetzler’s escape from Auschwitz- Birke­nau in April 1944 and its after­math vis à vis Holo­caust his­to­ry. Ruth Linn, Dean of the Fac­ul­ty of Edu­ca­tion at Haifa Uni­ver­si­ty, has long been an exam­in­er of human moral­i­ty and what impels peo­ple to act in a moral or immoral way, and has writ­ten many books on the sub­ject. In this book she charges that an essen­tial piece of Holo­caust his­to­ry has been delib­er­ate­ly hid­den from Israelis for more than 60 years. That is the report on the killing that went on in Auschwitz-Birke­nau, which was com­mu­ni­cat­ed to Zion­ist and world-wide Jew­ish author­i­ties by the escapees. The report warned that the Nazis planned to exter­mi­nate 800,000 Hun­gar­i­an Jews. Why was it hushed up? Was it to pro­tect the deal being nego­ti­at­ed then by jour­nal­ist Rez­so Kaszt­ner and oth­ers who were inter­est­ed main­ly in get­ting favored Jews to Palestine? 

If the author comes to speak in Amer­i­ca, she will find many audiences.

Mar­cia W. Pos­ner, Ph.D., of the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al and Tol­er­ance Cen­ter of Nas­sau Coun­ty, is the library and pro­gram direc­tor. An author and play­wright her­self, she loves review­ing for JBW and read­ing all the oth­er reviews and arti­cles in this mar­velous periodical.

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