Simon Wiesenthal

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Jonathan Cape, 2010 - Austria - 482 pages
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Simon Wiesenthal was the legendary 'Nazi hunter', played by Ben Kingsley and Laurence Olivier on film, a Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to the punishment of Nazi criminals. A hero in the eyes of many, he was also attacked for his unrelenting pursuit of the past, when others preferred to forget. For this definitive biography, Tom Segev has obtained access to Wiesenthal's hundreds of thousands of private papers and to sixteen archives, including records of the U.S., Israeli, Polish and East German secret services. Segev is able to reveal the intriguing secrets of Wiesenthal's life, including his stunning role in the capture of Adolf Eichmann, his controversial investigative techniques, his unlikely friendships with Kurt Waldheim and Albert Speer, and the nature of his rivalry with Elie Wiesel. Tom Segev has written a brilliant character study of a 'hunter' who was driven by his own memories to ensure that the destruction of European Jewry never be forgotten.

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Review: Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends

User Review  - Camille Willis - Goodreads

Startlingly objective as Segev does not allow us to see Weisenthal as only the hero and sufferer but also an interesting character while not pulling his punches about his subject just because Weisenthal is a Holocaust survivor. Read full review

Review: Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends

User Review  - KC - Goodreads

Interesting, well documented and well written and gives a fresh perspective on Weisenthal and his search for justice, not reventge, and focus on individual perpetrators, not collective guilt. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Tom Segev, who writes a weekly column in Ha'aretz, Israel's leading daily newspaper, is the author of The Seventh Million, The Israelis and the Holocaust and other groundbreaking books, including One Palestine, Complete, which was one of the New York Times' ten best books of 2000. He lives in Jerusalem.

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