While imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, Simon Wiesenthal was taken one day from his work detail to the bedside of a dying member of the SS....
Laurence Rees has spent 25 years meeting the survivors and perpetrators of the Third Reich and the Holocaust....
Seventy years ago, Joe Rubinstein walked out of a Nazi concentration camp....
Authors MichaelBar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal take us behind the closed curtain with riveting, eye-opening, boots-on-the-ground accounts of the most dangerous, most crucial missions....
More than seven decades after the end of the Second World War, the era of the Nazi hunters is drawing to a close as they and the hunted die off. Their saga can now be told almost in its entirety....
Europe, 1944: Three women believe they are pregnant, but are torn from their husbands before they can be certain. Rachel is sent to Auschwitz, unaware that her husband has been shot....
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.
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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What did you love best about Simon Wiesenthal?
He took his personal sufferings,loss of his family, & horrors he witnesses at the hands of the Nazis's, and made it his life's goal to locate, catch and bring to justice, the people who destroyed generations in what was called the "Final Solution".
What did you like best about this story?
Information brought to light about the differences between the Zionists and Jews. The constant walls he had to go through to get information and how his own ego got in the way of some of his success and created barriers between him and the people that he thought were there to help his cause.
Which character – as performed by Marc Cashman – was your favorite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
too emotional to listen to in one sitting even if I could.
Any additional comments?
An important part of Jewish history during WWII. <br/>Simon was his own worst enemy, at times, but a prolific writer. <br/>Worked his whole life to catch the murderers of millions, all the while, keeping his head above water. I also found it shocking how many of his enemy were Jewish.