Oper­a­tion Last Chance: One Man’s Quest to Bring Nazi Crim­i­nals to Justice

Efraim Zuroff
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By – September 13, 2011
Simon Wiesen­thal is gone, but Efraim Zuroff car­ries on his work, described here truth­ful­ly but with a novelist’s abil­i­ty to employ dra­ma, char­ac­ter­i­za­tions, and descrip­tion so that this account com­mu­ni­cates the frus­tra­tion and occa­sion­al tri­umphs of track­ing down Nazi mur­der­ers, many of whom now live in com­fort and lux­u­ry. It reads like fic­tion, but unlike fic­tion, it is sad­ly truth­ful and describes frus­trat­ing fail­ures, most­ly due to lack of coop­er­a­tion by the gov­ern­ments in ques­tion, as well as suc­cess­es. Just by tar­get­ing them, flush­ing them out from their cov­ers, Zuroff achieves a cer­tain lev­el of vic­to­ry, even if they are not ulti­mate­ly impris­oned. Zuroff may not car­ry a spear or a shield, but he is a true war­rior search­ing for jus­tice and retribution.
Mar­cia W. Pos­ner, Ph.D., of the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al and Tol­er­ance Cen­ter of Nas­sau Coun­ty, is the library and pro­gram direc­tor. An author and play­wright her­self, she loves review­ing for JBW and read­ing all the oth­er reviews and arti­cles in this mar­velous periodical.

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