Book says Nazi hunter Wiesenthal worked for Mossad

"Wiesenthal - The Life and Legends" reveals he provided Israel with intelligence on neo-Nazis and German scientists.

September 2, 2010 15:45
Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal

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An Israeli historian alleges in a new book that renowned Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal worked for Israel's Mossad spy agency, providing information on war criminals and Germans working in Arab countries.

Tom Segev says in "Wiesenthal - The Life and Legends," that the Holocaust survivor began working with Israeli intelligence even before the establishment of the Mossad in 1949.

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The book, which was released Thursday, says that in 1948 Wiesenthal participated in a failed attempt to capture top-Nazi Adolf Eichmann, who was later nabbed in Argentina and executed in Israel.

Segev says that in the 1960s Wiesenthal provided Israel information on neo-Nazis and German scientists working for Egypt's rocket program.

The author based his conclusions on material from Wiesenthal's personal archives and interviews with his alleged former handlers.

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