Book review: Tireless pursuit to bring Nazi criminals to justice

The sentencing in Germany this year of a 94-year-old former SS guard at the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland, and the death in July of Auschwitz survivor and chronicler Elie Wiesel make publication of this book exceptionally timely.

The Nazi Hunters exchange, part 2: ‘Individual dissent in the fight for justice is always needed’

The last former Nazis are dying out, and so, too, are those whose life’s work was to hunt them down. Nagorski tells their stories evenhandedly, uncovering a fascinating cast of characters from all over the world and placing their efforts in a broader perspective. He describes how Nazi hunters first aimed to exact revenge without trials, how early court cases were exploited to present dubious hearsay that convicted former Nazis in the court of public opinion, and how Germany and other countries eventually lost interest in prosecuting former Nazis.

Andrzej Wajda: The Filmmaker Who Tore Open the Iron Curtain

In the fall of 1968, when I was a newly arrived exchange student in Poland, I went to a screening of Andrzej Wajda’s “Ashes and Diamonds” in my dormitory at the university in Krakow. This was shortly after Warsaw Pact tanks had crushed the Prague Spring, Czechoslovakia’s attempt to experiment with “socialism with a human face,” and the brutal suppression of Polish student protests a few months earlier. The Iron Curtain of the Soviet Empire was drawing closed once again.

Joseph Harmatz, Holocaust ‘avenger’ who plotted reprisal against Nazi POWs, dies at 91

Joseph Harmatz, a Lithuanian Holocaust survivor who led a band of self-proclaimed “avengers” in poisoning 3,000 loaves of bread for German prisoners after World War II, an act that he regarded as rightful retribution for the Nazi slaughter of 6 million Jews, died Sept. 22 at his home in Tel Aviv. He was 91.

The cause was a heart ailment, said a son, Ronel Harmatz.

Authors in the Park

This October, bestselling authors and screenwriters from across the nation will gather in Winter Park for the first annual Authors in the Park book festival.

Mary Gail Coffee of the Winter Park Public Library said that the Authors in the Park book festival will celebrate Orlando’s love of literature on Oct. 1 at the library. Sponsored by the library, the Jewish Book Council and Writer’s Block Bookstore, the festival will consist of panel discussions, Q-and-A sessions and book signings from both local and nationally-acclaimed authors from a variety of genres.

Interview with Andrew Nagorski

We talk with journalist Dan Barry about his book The Boys In The Bunkhouse. It’s about the scores of mentally challenged men who were exploited and abused as turkey plant workers and kept as virtual prisoners for decades in a small town in Iowa and how they got rescued.

Commentary: When did we stop caring about mass murder?

More mass graves are discovered in Iraqi and Syrian territory formerly held by the mass murderers known as Islamic State, and the news no longer shocks anyone. Nor does the fact that most Christians who have not yet fled the region, along with other minorities, live in constant terror of more atrocities and executions.

After the horrors of the Holocaust, we were supposed to live by the credo “Never Forget,” a phrase meant to apply both to past mass killings and to preventing similar actions in the future, whatever the body counts.

Clinton-Trump: Are We Looking At The Wrong Analogy?

We all have moments in our lives when we think: “Isn’t that like the time when...” Those moments are particularly intriguing when a new historical analogy comes to mind, something that has not already made the rounds of coffee shops and Facebook posts.

Infiltrated a Ghetto to Expose the Nazis, But Nobody Would Believe Him

In the summer of 1942, Jan Karski, a 28-year-old courier for the Polish underground, was instructed to undertake an extremely dangerous mission: a trip across Nazi-occupied Europe to London, where, with the help of the Polish government-in-exile there, he was to brief top Allied officials about what was happening in his native land. He was then to continue his journey to Washington, where once again he was supposed to meet with the highest officials.

Andrew Nagorski - The Nazi Hunters

This week, we follow the journey of the men and women who — in the aftermath of World War Two in Europe — dedicated themselves to visiting justice upon Hitler’s Henchmen. Veteran author and foreign correspondent Andrew Nagorski brings us these stories in The Nazi Hunters, stripping away the myths and caricatures of popular fiction. The book is also an implicit call to action, breathing life into the phrase “Never Again,” as the last cogs of the National Socialist Party’s bloody legacy, rust away.


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