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Simon Wiesenthal
Altman, Linda Jacobs, 1943-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
108 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Examines the life and accomplishments of Holocaust survivor, Simon Wiesenthal, whose passion for justice has brought many Nazis to account for their horrific deeds.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.7 5.0 45310.
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DS135.A93 W5318 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal turned his personal pain into a tireless quest for justice. As the world's most famous Nazi hunter, Wiesenthal tracked the war criminals that planned and carried out the systematic murder of 6 million European Jews.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. Holocaust survivor Wiesenthal became a passionate Nazi hunter, determined to bring justice to the criminals and remembrance to the victims. The accounts of how he doggedly helped track Nazis such as Adolf Eichmann are compelling detective stories. The reasons why he tracked the war criminals and the facts of who they were and what they did present an unsparing view of the genocide. This is no hagiography. Altman makes clear that Wiesenthal's obsession and egotism have earned him many enemies (even among Holocaust survivors and scholars, including Elie Wiesel). But she also shows the relentless drive and fierce independence that have made him great at his work. Part of The Importance Of biography series, this well-designed volume includes small black-and-white documentary photographs throughout, as well as excerpts from court testimonies, biographies, etc., that extend the discussion of Wiesenthal and Holocaust history. There are also full chapter source notes, an annotated bibliography, and a list of Web sites. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.