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Simon Wiesenthal - The Life and Legends

Tom Segev

This first fully documented biography of Simon Wiesenthal, the legendary Nazi hunter, is also a brilliant character study of a man whose life was part invention but wholly dedicated to ensuring both that the Nazis be held responsible for their crimes and that the destruction of European Jewry never be forgotten. Like most Jews in Eastern Europe on the eve of Hitler's invasion of Poland, twenty-four-year-old Simon Wiesenthal did not grasp the nature of the Nazi threat. But six years later, when a skeletal Wiesenthal was liberated from the concentration camp at Mauthausen, he fully fathomed the crimes of the Nazis. Within days he had assembled a list of nearly 150 Nazi war criminals, the first of dozens of such lists he would make over a lifetime as a Nazi hunter. A hero in the eyes of many, Wiesenthal was also attacked for his unrelenting pursuit of the past, when others preferred to forget. For this new biography, rich in newsworthy revelations, historian and journalist Tom Segev has obtained access to Wiesenthal's private papers and to sixteen archives, including records of the U.S., Israeli, Polish, and East German secret services. Segev is able to reveal the intriguing secrets of Wiesenthal's life, including his stunning role in the capture of Adolf Eichmann, his relationship with Israel's Mossad, his controversial investigative techniques, his unlikely friendships with Kurt Waldheim and Albert Speer, and the nature of his rivalry with Elie Wiesel. Segev's challenge in writing this biography was Wiesenthal's own complicated relationship to truth. Wiesenthal told many versions of his life, his suffering in the camps, and his involvement with the arrest of individual Nazis. Segev shows that in order to gain the information he sought and twist the arms of reluctant government figures, Wiesenthal needed to seem more influential than he really was. For two generations of Americans, Simon Wiesenthal was a Jewish superhero-depicted on film by Ben Kingsley and Laurence Olivier-and the muse for a Frederick Forsyth

This first fully documented biography of Simon Wiesenthal, the legendary Nazi hunter, is also a brilliant character study of a man whose life was part invention but wholly dedicated to ensuring both that the Nazis be held responsible for their crimes and that the destruction of European Jewry never be forgotten. Like most Jews in Eastern Europe on the eve of Hitler's invasion of Poland, twenty-four-year-old Simon Wiesenthal did not grasp the nature of the Nazi threat. But six years later, when a skeletal Wiesenthal was liberated from the concentration camp at Mauthausen, he fully fathomed the crimes of the Nazis. Within days he had assembled a list of nearly 150 Nazi war criminals, the first of dozens of such lists he would make over a lifetime as a Nazi hunter. A hero in the eyes of many, Wiesenthal was also attacked for his unrelenting pursuit of the past, when others preferred to forget. For this new biography, rich in newsworthy revelations, historian and journalist Tom Segev has obtained access to Wiesenthal's private papers and to sixteen archives, including records of the U.S., Israeli, Polish, and East German secret services. Segev is able to reveal the intriguing secrets of Wiesenthal's life, including his stunning role in the capture of Adolf Eichmann, his relationship with Israel's Mossad, his controversial investigative techniques, his unlikely friendships with Kurt Waldheim and Albert Speer, and the nature of his rivalry with Elie Wiesel. Segev's challenge in writing this biography was Wiesenthal's own complicated relationship to truth. Wiesenthal told many versions of his life, his suffering in the camps, and his involvement with the arrest of individual Nazis. Segev shows that in order to gain the information he sought and twist the arms of reluctant government figures, Wiesenthal needed to seem more influential than he really was. For two generations of Americans, Simon Wiesenthal was a Jewish superhero-depicted on film by Ben Kingsley and Laurence Olivier-and the muse for a Frederick Forsyth
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This first fully documented biography of Simon Wiesenthal, the legendary Nazi hunter, is also a brilliant character study of a man whose life was part invention but wholly dedicated to ensuring both that the Nazis be held responsible for their crimes and that the destruction of European Jewry never be forgotten. Like most Jews in Eastern Europe on the eve of Hitler's invasion of Poland, twenty-four-year-old Simon Wiesenthal did not grasp the nature of the Nazi threat. But six years later, when a skeletal Wiesenthal was liberated from the concentration camp at Mauthausen, he fully fathomed the crimes of the Nazis. Within days he had assembled a list of nearly 150 Nazi war criminals, the first of dozens of such lists he would make over a lifetime as a Nazi hunter. A hero in the eyes of many, Wiesenthal was also attacked for his unrelenting pursuit of the past, when others preferred to forget. For this new biography, rich in newsworthy revelations, historian and journalist Tom Segev has obtained access to Wiesenthal's private papers and to sixteen archives, including records of the U.S., Israeli, Polish, and East German secret services. Segev is able to reveal the intriguing secrets of Wiesenthal's life, including his stunning role in the capture of Adolf Eichmann, his relationship with Israel's Mossad, his controversial investigative techniques, his unlikely friendships with Kurt Waldheim and Albert Speer, and the nature of his rivalry with Elie Wiesel. Segev's challenge in writing this biography was Wiesenthal's own complicated relationship to truth. Wiesenthal told many versions of his life, his suffering in the camps, and his involvement with the arrest of individual Nazis. Segev shows that in order to gain the information he sought and twist the arms of reluctant government figures, Wiesenthal needed to seem more influential than he really was. For two generations of Americans, Simon Wiesenthal was a Jewish superhero-depicted on film by Ben Kingsley and Laurence Olivier-and the muse for a Frederick Forsyth

Language:

English

Narrators:

Marc Cashman

Length:

20h 3m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:09


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:13


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:39


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:36


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:15


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

10:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:16


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:18


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:00


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:22


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:42


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:10


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:12


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:50


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:44


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:36


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:21


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:06


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:59


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:10


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:01


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:19


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:07


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:19


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:26


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:24


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:47


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:06


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:04


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:46


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:03


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:21


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:45


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:46


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:49


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:37


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:48


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:28


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:55


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:02


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:54


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:48


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:21


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:30


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:02


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:52


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:51


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:46


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:41


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:14


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:33


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:13


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:25


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:54


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:08


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:17


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:37


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:50


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:03


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:31


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:18


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:55


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:06


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:18


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:21


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:31


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:50


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:54


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:25


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:08


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:56


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:28


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:44


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:49


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:33


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:15


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:22


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:35


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:55


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:01


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:09


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:50


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

09:28


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:33


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

08:57


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:20


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

07:14


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:11


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

09:21


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

08:50


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

08:20


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

08:52


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

08:59


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:15


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

08:42


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

09:18


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

08:48


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:46


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:19


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

06:37


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

08:10


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

09:06


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

09:20


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

08:52


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

06:32


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:10


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:56


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

09:40


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

07:57


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

06:22


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:48


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

06:31


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

07:37


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

06:48


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

07:15


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

00:38