A life hunting Nazi's — together

Together the pair have done so much good, in their relentless pursuit of Nazis around the globe and efforts to preserve the memory of millions of Jewish lives.

By ELAINE MARGOLIN
April 12, 2018 20:55
BEATE AND SERGE Klarsfeld attend a gathering in March 2018 in Paris in memory of Mireille Knoll, a H

BEATE AND SERGE Klarsfeld attend a gathering in March 2018 in Paris in memory of Mireille Knoll, a Holocaust survivor who was stabbed to death in her apartment a week earlier. (photo credit: REUTERS/GONZALO FUENTES)

Beate and Serge Klarsfeld are a most unusual couple. He is French and Jewish, she is German and not Jewish; she’s a born risk-taker, he is more scholarly. Together the pair have done so much good, in their relentless pursuit of Nazis around the globe and efforts to preserve the memory of millions of Jewish lives.

In their memoir, Hunting the Truth, translated from French into English by Sam Taylor, we hear directly from them in alternating chapters that reveal them to be both humble and private. They seem irresistibly drawn to each other and their life’s work with an almost symbiotic sense of mission that has kept them unusually close. Their firstborn son, Arno, lives above their apartment in Paris and checks in on them frequently, as Beate and Serge are now 79 and 82, respectively. Their daughter and grandchildren live close by.

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