Szilagyi, Ernst

Birth Name Szilagyi, Ernst
Gender male


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources

Membership   השומר הצעיר ‎haShomer haTzair  

Membership 1942 ועדת העזרה וההצלה בבודפשט Vaada Aid and Rescue Committee Rezső Rudolf Kasztner was one of the leaders, with Joel Brand and Samuel Springmann

Event Note

Between 1929-1931, Rezső Kasztner served as Secretary-General, Parliamentary Group of the Jewish party, in Romania.

Event Note

Rezső Kasztner worked in Bucureşti, as member of the Executive of the Palestine Office, of the Jewish Agency.

Event Note

Between 1943 and 1945, Rezső Kasztner served as Associate President, of the Hungarian Zionist Organization.

Event Note

After March, 1944, Adolf Eichmann, under orders from Himmler, summoned Joel Brand and offered him “trucks for blood”: 10,000 trucks and consumer staples, tea, coffee, sugar, and soap, for one million Jews.
Joel Brand was sent to Istanbul to contact Allied intelligence, to rescue the Jews of Hungary. , along with Bandi Grosz, a Jewish espionage agent; they were to negotiate a deal for the Sicherheitsdienst SD for a separate peace with the Americans or British.
From Istanbul, the two went to Syria, where they were arrested and taken to Cairo for interrogation by the Allies, who refused to negotiate with the SS.
Joel Brand was released, and he was sent to Palestine.



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