Friday, September 3, 2010

Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends by Tom Segev translated by Ronnie Hope

This review caught my eye with the phrase "Nazi hunter".  While I knew that after World War II many years were spent tracking down and trying Nazi officials for the crimes they committed during the war, I had never heard of someone such as a "hunter" of these men.  As I delved into the review, the subject of the novel, Simon Wiesenthal, was an intriguing one.  He seems to be a complex combination of a harsh, crude manner and an intense desire to see those who imprisoned him and so many other Jewish people in Europe see justice for their actions.  I find it fascinating when obscure stories of people who had an impact on the path of history surface.  So few of the stories of the world are actually told and the most compelling aren't always perfect.  Despite his personal shortcomings, Wiesenthal was one of many who helped bring many criminals to justice and his story brings to light the service they performed to the world.  It also shows that people with such a passion for justice do not exist just between the covers of a book.


The Life and Legends
By Tom Segev
Translated by Ronnie Hope.
Illustrated. 482 pages. Doubleday. $35.

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