Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends” as Want to Read:
Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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
Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Schocken (first published January 1st 2010)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Simon Wiesenthal, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Simon Wiesenthal

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 176)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Andy Miller
A biography of Simon Wiesenthal who spent time in Nazi concentration camps during World War II and later became famous for his efforts to bring Nazi war criminals to justice.

The biography is largely was one of admiration but it does not ignore his flaws; according to this book, Wiesenthal could not maintain friendships, became embroiled in too many feuds and perhaps let his ego occasionally get in the way of his work. However, the book puts these flaws in context with the focus on his early life
This is a well-written biography of a fascinating and complex man. Segev sets forth all the triumphs, failures, and controversies that surrounded the famous Nazi-hunter and concentration camp survivor in well-documented form. I worried that the book would become less interesting after Wiesenthal's major accomplishments were explored, but it held my interest to the final page. When the world could not face the reality of the Holocaust, when it was caught up in the Cold War and trying to forget th ...more
Jason Walker
Simon Wiesenthal is a controversial figure in history. He invented his life after the Holocaust. At the same time he did many things to inspire others, but not everything about his tale is rosy. He was willing to compromise his integrity if he thought it would produce results. Even his arrival in Israel is marked with suspicion and his first government post is was something that he assumed even when the local leaders had nothing to do with him. This is a grand styling summary of a life well craf ...more
Philipp Wehmann
Eine interessante Biografie eines spannenden Lebens. Viele Dinge im Leben des Simon Wiedenthal erscheinen fragwürdig, können aber doch immer wieder mit seinen Erlebnissen der Verfolgung und Inhaftierung im 3. Reich erklärt werden. Diese Erklärungen unternimmt Segev in einem Buch, das gut zu lesen ist und viele Facetten des Nazijägers auslotet. Nebenbei erfährt man viel über die Verfolgung diverser Kriegsverbrecher (Eichmann, die "Stute von Majdanek", Mengele etc.), die Affaire um Kurt Waldheim e ...more
Dan Ackman
Fascinating treatment of the Holocaust and an interesting character. The book peters out a bit as it goes along, but is still a fascinating a readable window into many topics that touched Wiesenthal, including the Holocaust, the changing views of the Holocaust over time by Jews, Israelis and society at large; an the possibility of some sort of justice in the wake of that unfathomable event.
Gizella Czene
Layered account of Simon Wiesenthal, you come to appreciate his philosophy of justive versus revenge, individual versus collective guilt, redemption. Very interesting, informative and inspiring.

DOne, not that great but a few good thoughts inside; he stayed in Vienna because that's where all the anti-Semites are.
Jill Delaney
Very good biography of the Nazi Hunter, although I will say, sometimes the author would add a thought to a paragraph that seemed out of place. Just a pet peeve of mine! The information was good though, should a question ever arise on Jeopardy.
Camille Willis
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.
Craig Brantley
I enjoyed this book, very interesting subject, but I'm not sure it's one that will stick with me. I found it a bit hard to follow at times, with Wiesenthal such a contradictory person perhaps this fits.
This book left me with ambivalent feelings about Wiesenthal. On the one hand I applaud the work he did to bring Nazi War Criminals to justice. On the other I am not sure that I liked the man.
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.
A good biography of Wiesenthal (although perhaps a bit too much editorializing by the author). I didn't know he had such a feud with Eli Wiesel!
Didn't know much besides the "Nazi Hunter" persona. Very interesting and fair bio of him
Leah Sayre
So boring couldn't finish this one.
Hannah marked it as to-read
Dec 09, 2014
Raphael Schweiger
Raphael Schweiger marked it as to-read
Dec 02, 2014
Caz marked it as to-read
Nov 15, 2014 marked it as to-read
Oct 07, 2014
Telma Alves
Telma Alves marked it as to-read
Sep 02, 2014
Mujeeb  Banday
Mujeeb Banday marked it as to-read
Aug 24, 2014
Mariano marked it as to-read
Aug 02, 2014
Prometeus marked it as to-read
May 22, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Tom Segev (Hebrew: תום שגב‎) is an Israeli historian, author and journalist. He is associated with Israel's so-called New Historians, a group challenging many of the country's traditional narratives.
More about Tom Segev...
One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust 1949: The First Israelis Elvis in Jerusalem: Post-Zionism and the Americanization of Israel

Share This Book