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Renowned Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal worked for the Mossad, providing
information on war criminals and Germans working in Arab countries, a biography
published on Thursday revealed.
According to Tom Segev in his book
Wiesenthal – The Life and Legends
, the Holocaust survivor began working
Israeli intelligence even before the establishment of the Mossad in
book says that in 1948 Wiesenthal participated in a failed attempt to
top Nazi Adolf Eichmann, who was later nabbed in Argentina and executed
Segev, drawing on hitherto unpublished material from Wiesenthal’s
personal archives and interviews with his alleged former handlers, also
that in the 1960s Wiesenthal provided Israel with information on neo-
German scientists working for Egypt’s rocket program. The Mossad
Wiesenthal’s Vienna office, and the rapport reportedly lasted for 10
“For me, it was a revelation, but a very important one that forces
us to offer our praise of the extent to which Israel sought to track
expose and/or bring to justice Nazi criminals,” Dr. Efraim Zuroff,
the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem and researcher of Nazi war
The Jerusalem Post
Zuroff, who in his 2009 book Operation Last Chance: One Man's Quest to Bring Nazi Criminals to Justice
expounds on how he was personally influenced by Wiesenthal to become a Nazi hunter, noted the rather few incidents in which Israel was publicly involved in apprehending Nazis.
Segev's new book, however, “proves how Israel, by utilizing Wiesenthal, was in fact active in bringing Nazi criminals to justice,” Zuroff said.AP contributed to this report.