The extraordinary contribution of the world's most dedicated Nazi hunter, who lost his mother, sister and 87 other relatives in the Holocaust, is outlined in this eventful and engaging profile.
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The extraordinary contribution of the world’s most celebrated Nazi hunter is outlined in this eventful and engaging documentary profile. Born in the Ukrainian one-horse town Buczacz in 1908, Simon Wiesenthal lost his mother, sister and 87 other relatives to the Holocaust. A trained architect whose work still stands in the Ukraine, he began his Nazi-hunting career interviewing fellow survivors for the US war crimes unit shortly after the war. That experience taught him what his life’s work would be, and he continued it with his own organisation over the next six decades. His evidence helped to locate many missing Nazis, including the Gestapo officer who arrested Anne Frank, and Final Solution mastermind Adolf Eichmann, who was arrested by Israeli agency Mossad after Wiesenthal tracked him to Argentina. Despite the gravitas inherent in its subject matter, Wiesenthal’s inner optimism, which neither Nazis nor the world’s post-WWII indifference could extinguish, is apparent. Using a combination of archival and contemporary interviews, this is a fascinating biography of Wiesenthal and his sacred mission.