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Wartime Deals Couldn’t Save Hungary’s Jews


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/twelve_twelve/article/wartime_deals_couldnt_save_hungarys_jews_20100113

At one strange and terrible moment in 1944, a conversation took place in Nazi-occupied Budapest between Adolf Eichmann and a charming rogue named Joel Brand, a man who preferred to spend his time in cafes while his wife ran the family’s little glove-making business. Eichmann offered Brand a deal — 1 million Jewish men, women and children would be set free in exchange for 10,000 trucks. “Blood for goods” is the phrase that Eichmann used to describe the deal he was proposing to make.

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