Discusses the process of the economic annihilation of the Jews in
Hungary, who -- from the economic point of view -- were more
influential than any other Jewish community in Europe. Following
the German occupation in March 1944 the collaborating Hungarian
government attempted to assert its claim concerning the complete
confiscation of Jewish assets at all stages of the road leading to
the extermination camps. The cooperation with the Germans proved to
be the most problematic in this area.
The story of the Jewish Gold Train is a relatively small but all
the more emblematic chapter of the economic annihilation. The
circumstances of the freight's assembling, the German-Hungarian
conflicts concerning the train, the looting attempts, the fate of
the assets seized by the Allies (double victimization of the
survivors) provide the reader with an insight into the history of
the repeated looting of the Hungarian Jewry
The book analyzes the role played by SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Kurt
Becher, one of the most controversial and mysterious figures in the
Hungarian and universal history of the Holocaust. Becher, delegated
to Hungary by Himmler, administered and benefited from the
confiscation of an enormous amount of Jewish assets.
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