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From esteemed Israeli journalist and historian Tom Segev, the first fully documented biography of Simon Wiesenthal, revealing the fascinating truth behind this simultaneously admired, despised, and feared hunter of Nazis.
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 16 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 the “hunter” who was driven by his own memories to ensure that the destruction of European Jewry never be forgotten.
©2010 Tom Segev (P)2010 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"A brilliant and gripping account of an extraordinary life. It draws upon extensive research to offer new insights into the complex personality as well as the notable achievements of Simon Wiesenthal."(Sir Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler: A Biography)
“Richly documented and written with great passion.” (Elie Wiesel, Los Angeles Times Book Review)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Achlasaba on 11-10-10

Important biography

This important biography is essential reading/listening.

however it is marred by the narrator being unable to correctly pronounce any of the Hebrew names and terms that appear in the book. Hence the 3 stars.

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5 out of 5 stars
By J. R. on 02-03-18

Freedom is like health, you take it for granted until you lose it

Another man who should be taught about in schools, not only for his nazi-hunting, but for how he overcame his horrible struggles as a concentration camp inmate, and never tried to use it as an excuse for not achieving something or a reason to preach victimology. I also greatly admire him for his stance there is no such thing as "collective guilt", only individual responsibility. If I had to make one complaint, I felt the author was too nitpicky over differences in Wiesenthal's story over 96 years of telling it. "NEVER AGAIN! "

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3 out of 5 stars
By Fergal on 02-24-15

Interesting Story of a Life spent seeking justice

Well narrated book. Felt it had some contradictions but remained true to the main character on the whole and his search for justice.

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