Rezso Kasztner, known as the Jewish Schindler, negotiated face to face with Adolf Eichmann, rescuing 1700 Jews on a train to Switzerland, and may have saved tens of thousands more lives. Yet Kasztner was condemned as a traitor in his adopted country of Israel; accused as a collaborator in a libel trial and verdict that divided a nation and forever stamped him as the "man who sold his soul to the devil." It was a verdict overturned by Israel's Supreme Court but too late for Kasztner. He was ultimately assassinated by Jewish right wing extremists in Tel Aviv in 1957.

Director Gaylen Ross investigates this tale of murder, intrigue, and heroism through accounts of the inflammatory political trial, startling Revelations after 50 years by Kasztner's assassin, Ze'ev Eckstein, and a chilling meeting between the killer and Kasztner's daughter, Zsuzsi.

One of the 10 best documentaries 2010 LA Times

Awards and Festivals

  • Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival
  • Official Selection Haifa International Film Festival, Israel
  • Official Selection Titanic Film Festival, Budapest
  • The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)
  • Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Boston Jewish Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival

If you know the name Rezso Kasztner, you won't need any encouragement to see "Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis." If you don't, that is even more reason to see this documentary on the strange and compelling life and death of one of the most morally complex figures to come out of the Holocaust. Five stars***** Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
One of the Ten Best Films of The Year Hannah Brown, The Jerusalem Post
A gripping study of how a nation defines itself through its heroes New York Time Out
It’s one thing when a documentary tells a story that has already unfolded. But when it provides a new window onto the past and even creates new chapters, that’s when documentary filmmaking reaches its pinnacle. Alison Gang, San Diego Union-Tribune
... Did I say a film? Indeed, I did… it is actually a searing documentary.. this is a movie so philosophically contentious, also in the abstract, that anyone who ponders well will want to ponder here.Marty Peretz, Editor, The New Republic
..poses hard questions about how countries pick their heroes and scapegoats from history.Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun Times
... a narrative that rivals any Hollywood political thrillerLawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
Killing Kasztner.. digs deep and scores bigAmy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
Brilliant... I urge everyone, Jew and Gentile, to see this film …‘Killing Kasztner’ will cause you to weep… Ed Koch (former Mayor, New York) The Atlantic Monthly
"Killing Kasztner" is crammed with vivid detail …The film fascinates even as the man himself remains elusive. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
I thought I knew the whole story, but after seeing the remarkable film, “Killing Kasztner,” I now realize how much I didn't know. See this film to understand the choices the Holocaust forced human beings to make and their struggle to be decent and humaneAbraham H. Fox, National Director, Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor
Not to be missed!Richard Chesnoff, Huffington Post
... a highly personal, haunting account of a man whose name can still prompt tears of both gratitude and rage.The Telegraph, (UK )
Gaylen Ross's excellent documentary speaks to those who Kasztner saved, and to his doubters. It also sets up an extraordinary meeting between Kasztner's daughter and the man who assassinated him. Hannah Pool, The Guardian (UK)
A comprehensive and profound film... fascinating and humane treatment of one of the biggest disputes in the early days of the State of IsraelRuta Kupfer, Haaretz (Israel)
There are few stories that contain an historic mystery, a courtroom drama, a political murder, and a family saga. In the complex story of Dr. Israel Kasztner, that is just the tip of the iceberg…It takes a skilled hand to deal with this colossal drama, and Ross succeeds in connecting all the different parts with sensitivity.Shir Ziv, Israel Today
SplendidJerome Chanes, The Jewish Forward