Head Nazi-hunter worked for Mossad,according to bio.
Posted on 07. Sep, 2010 by Shera Crossan in Israel & Jewish Issues, Shera Crossan
Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal, who became famous for spending years tracking down Nazi war criminals in order to bring them to justice, was actually working for Israel’s spy agency Mossad, according to a new biography on the man.
Tom Segev’s book, “Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends,” alleges that Israel was more involved in capturing Nazis after World War II than was previously believed, The New York Times reported.
The commonly held view was that the Israeli government did not start tracking Nazis until Adolf Eichmann was caught in Argentina in 1960.
But the biography reveals a failed attempt by Israel to seize Eichmann, architect of the “Final Solution,” in Austria in 1949, the Times reported.
Segev, an Israeli writer for Jerusalem’s newspaper Haaretz and author of numerous books on Israeli history, told The New York Times that he was given access to some 300,000 private papers belonging to Wiesenthal and kept privately by his daughter, Paulinka Kreisberg.
“This requires us to adjust in some small way our view of history,” Segev told the paper.
He added he found names of Mossad agents and handlers and interviewed them in the process of writing the book.
Five concentration camps
The biography asserts that Wiesenthal, who was a prisoner in five concentration camps during the Holocaust, enlisted in the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s state department, which was a precursor to the intelligence agency Mossad, and then in the Mossad itself.
Wiesenthal was paid a monthly salary of $300, Haaretz reported, and was also provided with an Israeli passport —more msnbc