Appreciation: SIMON WIESENTHAL

The indefatigable, implacable agent of justice is as old as the Furies and as familiar as the detective novel, which may be why an early TIME article on Nazi hunter SIMON WIESENTHAL called him the "Intercontinental Op," a reference to a Dashiell Hammett protagonist. But there were differences. The Op worked for money. Wiesenthal was a death-camp survivor whose family, narrowly and broadly defined, were the victims. At a time when the genocide of the Jews (as distinct from the existence of concentration camps) was still little known and deemed exaggerated, his crusade from the start presumed a terrible, accurate focus....

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