Nazi Hunter: The Wiesenthal File

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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 tireless tracking down of Nazi war criminals—including his capture of Eichmann, the "desk murderer" who masterminded Hitler's Final Solution, and ...

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Overview

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 tireless tracking down of Nazi war criminals—including his capture of Eichmann, the "desk murderer" who masterminded Hitler's Final Solution, and Stangl the overlord of Treblinka—and for his pursuit of Mengele of Auschwitz, the dreaded "Angel of Death." To this day his work continues, his motivation simply expressed in the words: "Justice, not vengeance." The accounts of inspired detective work that lie behind Wiesenthal's successful apprehension of the fugitives reads as excitingly as any thriller, but Alan Levy's book is much more than that. It is an award-winning examination of the work of one of the greatest Jewish figures of the twentieth century. 8 pages of black-and-white photographs bring to life this gripping account of the life-long pursuit of justice by the man who declared "So long as the criminals are free, the war has not ended for me." "Wiesenthal has played his part in a disturbing episode of post-war history. [A] readable and intelligent book."—The Times (London)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781567316872
  • Publisher: MJF Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Pages: 564
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Anti-Semitism without Jews
Pt. I Wiesenthal's Wars
1 Deputy for the dead 3
2 The many liberations of Szymon Wiesenthal 15
3 Now begins the dying 31
4 Simon and the sunflower 40
5 When a Jew chooses to die 45
6 A Polish odyssey 1944 58
7 The last liberation 1945 65
8 Mornings in Mauthausen 71
9 'Don't forget our murderers!' 83
10 Wiesenthal's law 90
Pt. II Adolf Eichmann
11 Eichmann the Zionist 97
12 Wannsee: the final solution 113
13 Eichmann the genocidist 122
14 Eichmann the fugitive 126
15 The Eichmann abduction 138
16 Should Eichmann die? 156
Pt. III Raoul Wallenberg
17 Wallenberg the searcher 163
18 'I came to save a nation' 171
19 The Wallenberg disappearance 202
20 Enter Wiesenthal 215
Pt. IV Josef Mengele
21 Mengele the dilettante 233
22 The world's biggest battlefield 252
23 Mengele the fugitive 261
24 Death of a bionic 'angel' 289
25 Post-mortems 296
Pt. V Franz Paul Stangl, Gustav Wagner, Hermine Braunsteiner Ryan
26 Stangl the weaver 311
27 The man in the white jacket 327
28 Stangl's inferno 336
29 The secret bearers 355
30 The Stangl extradition 369
31 Wearing down Wagner 381
32 The mare of Majdanek went to Germany 386
Pt. VI Bruno Kreisky, Kurt Waldheim
33 The Jewish Chancellor 407
34 Waldheim the conscience 427
35 The man who wasn't there 444
36 The denazification of Lieutenant Waldheim 463
37 The man at the top 479
38 The prisoner of the Hofburg 496
39 Wiesenthal vs. Waldheim 507
40 A letter from Waldheim to Wiesenthal 517
Pt. VII Episodes and Epilogues
41 Wiesenthal vs. Wiesel 525
42 A hero at nightfall 529
43 'I wish not to provoke the Lord' 544
Index 545
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2007

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    Alan Levy Amused me with this book. While you have to feel a little for the jews that were killed in the holocaust, the book tells a great story of how Hitler grew into the leader as we know him today. Mostly this book talks about how Hitler shaped germany in the mid 1900's, with his system he called 'synchronization', which forced political parties, organizations, and state governments to act in line with Nazi Goals and regulations. All the schools, economy, and laws followed Nazi laws of 'Propoganda.' Hitler changed the entire shape of German culture after becoming chancellor in 1933. He lead the Nazi nation until 1945. This was a great book packed full of information that leads to a totally different view of the Nazi culture. I recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in Nazi's, Antisemitism, or even the start of World War II. You also need a lot of time for this is an extremely long book, but the reading goes by awful easy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2005

    Outstanding Work That Begs the Question: Is The Past - Prologue?

    I picked this book up on a whim at Barnes & Noble. Although a relatively new print, 2004, it was on sale, cheap. Purely an impulse purchase, I didn¿t think I¿d see anything new in it or even enjoy reading it. I¿d read the ODESSA FILE, even saw the movie. I visited Dacau near Munich in the 1970s. The Holocaust Museum in Washington DC in the 1990s. After all, it¿s been 70 years since 1935, what could be new in such a book? On the contrary, I found it remarkable how much has not been revealed to the general public about the specific horrors or the sheer magnitude of them as perpetrated by Hitler, Goering, Himmler and Eichmann et al, or even the reality of Der Fuhrer¿s actual plans for the future, or rather, how much we have chosen to forget or simply not acknowledge. After all, back in the late 1930s, we had no clue. In our minds, we simply could not match up the connection of what Japan was doing in China with what Hitler was doing in Poland with what Mussolini was doing in Italy and Africa. We couldn¿t see the global scale of it then, nor can we now see the global scale of the current and intended future horrors perpetrated by Radical Islamic Fundamentalism in Indonesia, India, Australia, England, Spain, the United States and of course, the Middle East. Blind were we then. And, blind are we now. There is a fine balance in the Universe of White with Black, Light with Dark, and Good with Evil. Failure to recognize the malignant existence of evil is all that is necessary for evil to prevail. I have stood on Masada, watched an Israeli military officer take his oath of office, and I recognize that the Nation of Israel will never again go quietly into the night, never, ever. The question is, will we? This book is remarkably profound in its detailed account of what happened in those dark years of mankind¿s history. And of course, what may happen again. Well worth the reading.

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