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  • Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; Rev. ed edition (29 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184119607X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841196077
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wiesenthal is a unique survivor... his one purpose is that justice for the dead of Europe, those wilfully killed by his fellow Austrian, Hitler's decree, be not forgotten. To understand him read Levy's book. (Sunday Telegraph)

It is greatly to the credit of Alan Levy that he has dared to give us an objective account of Wiesethal's career. (Sunday Times)

[Wiesenthal] can have no finer interpreter and sympathiser than Alan Levy, who has dealt justly with him. (Financial Times)

Wiesenthal has played his part in a disturbing episode of post-war history. He deserves this readable and intelligent book. (The Times)

Levy is ruthless in his determination to make every act of barbarity clear. It is impossible to turn the pages without feeling not just despair but revulsion. (New Statesman & Society)

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imon Wiesenthal spent four and a half years in Mauthausen concentration camp during World War II. Since then, he has achieved reknown for his successful tracking down of Nazi war criminals. This work provides an account of Wiesenthal's inspired detective work.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Nov. 2002
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"Nazi Hunter; The Weisenthal File" is an extraordinary book about an extraordinary man. The biography of Simon Weisenthal is likely to become a classic amongst Holocaust literature. Seldom does one come across a book as moving and factual as this.
Simon Weisenthal, now aged over 93 years, spent over four and a half years in Nazi concentration camps. David Levy here presents Weisenthal's story of his experiences during that era and his subsequent tireless pursuit of bringing to justice so many Nazi war criminals.
The book movingly documents how Weisenthal regularly, personally, witnessed the systematic execution of fellow Jews, who were killed for no other reason than being Jewish. Murdered indiscriminately in cold blood by people who clearly took real pleasure and delight in killing Jews.
One of the first such incidents detailed in the book is where Simon Weisenthal, together with about forty other professional Jewish men, were placed in a courtyard at Lvov. Here each Jew was forced to stand alongside a crate, facing a wall with his hands crossed & held behind his neck. Each Jew was then shot one at a time, by a single bullet in the back of the neck by a Ukrainian executioner, who after each murder treated himself to wine and food from a table placed in their midst. The body of the dead Jew then being cast into the crate.
The author tells how the massacre continued until it came close to Weisenthal's turn, when the sound of church bells filled the air. The shooting stopped immediately. Being ‘good' Catholic's the Ukrainian executioners immediately responded to the church bells calling them to Mass, leaving the prisoners locked away for the atrocities to continue later.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Toche on 18 July 2006
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This book is well intentioned and should certainly be read, but it is not a work of scholarship. It is poorly written too. It is frustrating.

The book does not live up to its title. The author reveals little of Wiesenthal's files. For that, it is recommended you turn to Wiesenthal's books.

The book is poorly structured, bounding together several biographical entries, largely unconnected with one another. Some entries span a few pages, others span over one hundred. The main entries concern Eichmann, Wallenberg, Mengele, Stangl. Raoul Wallenberg the hero finds himself squeezed between mass murderers Eichmann and Mengele.

This is the sort of book that makes you want to read more, to look up details, to check facts, to find out more. It creates needs more than it satisfies them. It is a frustrating book.

The book is well intentioned, but poorly written. It consists of a string of assertions that are not backed up by references. It suffers from the weaknesses of an eyewitness account, except that the writer, Alan Levy, has not witnessed anything himself. And he does not tell us where his facts come from.

In several places, Alan Levy corrects Simon Wiesenthal. Wiesenthal's writings are full of mistakes, we are told. Alan Levy compares the two versions of Wiesenthal's memoirs to show how his views have changed over time. He corrects this or that assertion, but because he never tells us where his facts come from, this is a useless exercise bordering on the profane.

Simon Wiesenthal was not a scholar and he has often been wrong. But this is mostly because he relied on eyewitnesses' accounts and anonymous denunciations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alex Buxton on 24 April 2010
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This is a fantastic introduction to senior Nazis, their crimes and what happened to them after the war. Wiesenthal's biography itself is chilling as he survives again and again when others would have died. A fantastic and enlightening read.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inedia on 18 May 2013
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Both my husband and I found this too painful to read, it's a very sad book but very well written.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Ruse on 21 Dec. 2012
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Great .... a book I wanted to give as a gift.... can't think of anything else t write - why can't I be brief
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