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Nazi Hunter: The Wiesenthal File

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  230 Ratings  ·  20 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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Meirav Rath
Dec 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History fans, holocaust 'fans'
Shelves: holocaust
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
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
David Thrale
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shoah
Wiesenthal is a complex man driven - not broken - by his appalling mistreatment in the death camps. This book describes his life warts and all. The unending life's work he put into bringing evil people to justice is an inspiration. May his memory be a blessing.
Rob Kitchin
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alan Levy first met Wiesenthal in 1974. Over the next 28 years they met frequently to discuss Wiesenthal’s work and that of his document centres. The first edition of Levy’s biography was published in 1993 and subsequently revised nine years later. It is a sympathetic account of Wiesenthal’s life and work, but importantly it is fair in its treatment setting out both sides of his various political battles with other Nazi hunters, politicians and institutions and also critiquing his thoughts and a ...more
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Audra Cohen Murzycki
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sandhya Bhatt
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Somerset Bloke
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 01, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
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