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.