Simon Wiesenthal by Tom Segev

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He was a serial exaggerator. He made unfounded accusations. Segev’s book has its infelicities and repetitions. But its bumpy streams pour into a mighty narrative river.
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With 16 pages of black-and-white illustrations

Now in paperback, the first fully documented biography of the legendary Polish-born Nazi hunter—a revelatory account of a man whose life, though part invention, was wholly dedicated to ensuring both that the Nazis be held responsible for their crimes and that their destruction of European Jewry never be forgotten.

Within days of being liberated from the Mauthausen concentration camp, Simon Wiesenthal had assembled a list of nearly 150 Nazi war criminals, the first of dozens of such lists he would compile over a lifetime as a Nazi hunter. A hero in the eyes of many, Wiesenthal was also attacked for his unrelenting pursuit of justice for crimes committed in a past that many preferred to forget. With access to Wiesenthal’s private papers and to American, East German, and Israeli government archives, Tom Segev sheds new light on Wiesenthal’s most closely guarded secrets: his true role in the capture of Adolf Eichmann, his connection to Isreal’s Mossad, his controversial investigative techniques, his unlikely friendships with Kurt Waldheim and Albert Speer, his rivalry with Elie Wiesel—making clear that the truth of Wiesenthal’s existence was far more complex and compelling than the legends (often of his own making) that surrounded him.




From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Tom Segev

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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 pathbreaking books, including One Palestine, Complete, which was named one of the ten best books of 2000 by the New York Times Book Review. He lives in Jerusalem. www.doubleday.com
 
Published September 7, 2010 by Schocken. 514 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Law & Philosophy, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Nov 10 2010

He was a serial exaggerator. He made unfounded accusations. Segev’s book has its infelicities and repetitions. But its bumpy streams pour into a mighty narrative river.

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