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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.
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.