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Book and Media Reviews
February 1, 2006


Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(5):567. doi:10.1001/jama.295.5.567-a

Recently, Simon Wiesenthal, the doyen of Nazi hunters, died at age 96 years. In an obituary in The Economist, the following anecdote was offered. In 1944, when Wiesenthal was a concentration camp inmate, the SS were taking the trouble to move him and thousands of others away from the advancing Russians.

Somewhere in the middle of Poland, he and an SS corporal scavenged together for potatoes. What, the corporal asked him mockingly, would he tell someone in America about the death camps? Mr. Wiesenthal said that he would tell the truth. ‘They wouldn't believe you,’ the corporal replied.1