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Nazi Hunter: The Wiesenthal File

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  129 ratings  ·  15 reviews
This is the remarkable story of a man who has become a legend in his own lifetime. Simon Wiesenthal spent four and a half years in Mauthausen concentration camp during the Second World War. With the exception of his wife, all his immediate family were exterminated, and he himself ended the war a living skeleton. Since then, he has achieved international renown for his tire ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 17th 2002 by Basic Books (first published 1994)
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Frederik
Le roman sur le chasseur de nazi numéro 1, Simon Wiesenthal, se lit comme un polar de haute gamme.

Mais c’est l’histoire d’un jeune diplomate noble, Raoul Wallenberg, envoyé en Hongrie par le gouvernement suédois, qui est le plus intéressant. Wallenberg, héritier d’une grande famille aristocrate, timide, moitié chauve, pas beaucoup plus que 30 ans, réussit en deux mois en 1944 á sauver la vie de plus de 10.000 juifs á Budapest en leur procurant des passeports suédois. Et après. La disparation en
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Sandhya Bhatt
not for the faint-hearted.. an unbelievable narration about the life of an extraordinary man and a chapter of history that unfortunately our generation doesn't know or has conveniently forgotten. this is story of the struggle of human spirit against one of the most ruthless dictators of the world and the incompetent bureaucracy that followed him.. reading this book will give you shivers, moments of absolute incognizance, terror filled hours sprinkled with hope for humanity and yes, loss of appet ...more
Meirav Rath
Dec 25, 2007 Meirav Rath rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History fans, holocaust 'fans'
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In Levy I found one of those rare writers which aught to be singled out and preserved; an objective historian. At first I thought this book was a slanted, over-praising Americanized description of Weisenthal and his works, but that was onyl the chapter about Simon's early life and thus told in Simon's style. Later, the book reveals Simon truly; warts and all and it's a brilliant book.
Personally, I find the constant footnotes about every city and every country mentioned in the book a bit tedious
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Audra Cohen Murzycki
This thrilling work reads like fiction as it takes the reader deep into the terrifying and purposeful life of Simon Wiesenthal, the respected and feared Nazi Hunter. It is divided into seven section, beginning with Wiesenthal's early life of constant military takeovers and into his journey of survival at multiple concentration camps throughout WWII. The four following sections are devoted to the impressive hunt, capture, and sentencing of little known and notorious Nazis. The author's passion fo ...more
Garion Bracken
Not quite a comprehensive anal of his career or life. But an introductory biography on a man who would seem to have been very important. As it was put in the book he didn't match the strength of what became popular organizations in the 60's and 70's, nor did he have the developed skill and tact early after the war to make his personal struggle as effectual s it would become. But he did keep going. He never stopped. He devoted his life to it and because he maintained momentum the holocaust victim ...more
lcee
I was completely enthralled by this - walking down the street and reading at the same time kind of enthralled. Levy doesn't shy away from the inherent contradictions of the people that are his subject. Simon Weisenthal is heroic and wise and vain and closed-minded by turns. The Nazis he hunts are good fathers and neighbours and, when the situation arises, genocidists. It only falters, ever so slightly, in the last section when the hunt for war criminals starts to get lost in the loops and turns ...more
Somerset Bloke
I found this book to be one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. The first half details his time during the war, managing to survive his time in the concentration camps. The second half covers his time post-war tracking down the Nazis that got away.

Without wishing to dismiss the second half I found the first half to be one of the most thrilling stories I have ever read. This should be made into a film (if it already has then please tell me what it is called).

A must read for anyone int
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Connor
Objective, compelling history
Dan
Important book and definitely worth the read. Provides a rather extensive history on the "Final Solution" and tracking down Nazis who perpetuated said solution, but towards the end there was so much politics and different names that it was somewhat difficult to keep track of what was going on.
Andrew
Interesting book about Wiesenthal's hunt for escaped Nazi criminals during 40 years after WWII.
Ruchi
This an informative, but not uplifting, book about Simon Weisenthal.
Magdalena
I loved the book and ready to read more on Wiesenthal's books.
Angie Perez
interesting but very graphic.....not for kids
Anne
This book was very good.
Alex Taylor
good flowed well
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