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ISBN-10: 154170259X
ISBN-13: 9781541702592
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publish Date: 08/23/2022
Dimensions: 9.41" L, 6.30" W, 1.15" H

Come to This Court and Cry: How the Holocaust Ends

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Overview

In 1965, five years after the capture of Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, one of his Mossad abductors was sent back to South America to kill another fugitive Nazi, the so-called “butcher of Riga,” Latvian Herberts Cukurs. Cukurs was shot. On his corpse, the assassins left pages from the closing speech of the chief British prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg:

“After this ordeal to which mankind has been submitted, mankind itself . . . comes to this Court and cries: ‘These are our laws–let them prevail!'”

Years later, the Latvian prosecutor general began investigating the possibility of redeeming Cukurs for his past actions. Researching the case, Linda Kinstler discovered that her grandfather, Boris, had served in Cukurs’s killing unit and was rumored to be a double agent for the KGB. The proceedings, which might have resulted in Cukurs’s pardon, threw into question supposed “facts” about the Holocaust at the precise moment its last living survivors–the last legal witnesses–were dying.

Rich with scholarly detective work and personal reflection, Come to This Court and Cry is a fearlessly brave examination of how history can become distorted over time, how easily the innocent are forgotten, and how carelessly the guilty are sometimes reprieved.

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"In her completely absorbing and profound debut, Kinstler sets out to solve a mystery–journeying from a murder scene in Uruguay to the former killing fields of Europe to unravel a family secret about her late grandfather–and in the process unearths vexing questions about the past and how we understand it. Part detective story, part family history, part probing inquiry into how best to reckon with the horrors of a previous century, Come to This Court and Cry is bracingly original, beautifully written, and haunting. An astonishing book."–Patrick Radden Keefe
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Details

ISBN-10: 154170259X
ISBN-13: 9781541702592
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publish Date: 08/23/2022
Dimensions: 9.41" L, 6.30" W, 1.15" H
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