School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6 Up-This biography of the famed Nazi hunter is both a factual account of his life and a tribute to his importance in history. Altman also provides a succinct history of the Holocaust as she interweaves information about Wiesenthal's early life against the backdrop of Nazism and World War II. The author clearly admires her subject's accomplishments, but remains objective throughout the book. She includes Wiesenthal's antagonistic personality and occasional clashes with other noted Holocaust scholars such as Elie Wiesel. Many of the numerous quotations are from primary sources like diaries, tapes, Wiesenthal's books, interviews, and letters. All quotations are footnoted and a notes section appears just before the comprehensive index. Inset boxes add information on topics like Holocaust vocabulary, anti-Semitism, Hitler's orders for the invasion of Poland, and Raoul Wallenberg. Well-placed, black-and-white photographs enhance the text. Wiesenthal is a fascinating figure unknown to many students and this book is a viable choice for biography assignments or classroom study. However, it is similar to Laura S. Jeffrey's Simon Wiesenthal (Enslow, 1997) and libraries that own it will not need this one.- Leah J. Sparks, Bowie Public Library, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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