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Hunting the Truth

Memoirs of Beate and Serge Klarsfeld
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Winner of the 2018 National Book Award.

In this dual audiobook memoir, Beate and Serge Klarsfeld tell the dramatic story of 50 years devoted to bringing Nazis to justice

They were born on opposite sides of the Second World War: Beate grew up in the ruins of a defeated Weimar Germany, while Serge, a Jewish boy in France, was hiding in a cupboard when his father was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. They met on the Paris Métro and fell in love, and became famous when Beate slapped the face of the West German chancellor - a former Nazi - Kurt Georg Kiesinger.

For the past half century, Beate and Serge Klarsfeld have hunted, confronted, prosecuted, and exposed Nazi war criminals all over the world, tracking down the notorious torturer Klaus Barbie in Bolivia and attempting to kidnap the former Gestapo chief Kurt Lischka on the streets of Cologne. They have been sent to prison for their beliefs and have risked their lives protesting anti-Semitism behind the Iron Curtain in South America and in the Middle East. They have been insulted and exalted, assaulted and heralded; they’ve received honors from presidents and letter bombs from neo-Nazis. They have fought relentlessly not only for the memory of all those who died in the Holocaust but also for modern-day victims of genocide and discrimination across the world. And they have done it all while raising their children and sustaining their marriage.

Now, for the first time, in Hunting the Truth, a major memoir spoken in their alternating voices, Beate and Serge Klarsfeld tell the thrilling story of a lifetime dedicated to combating evil.

©2015, 2018 Flammarion/Librairie Artheme Fayard; Translation copyright Sam Taylor (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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  • 19/04/2018

Nazi Hunters Beate & Serge Klarsfeld~ 4 stars~

Plot: a young married couple dedicate their life to hunting down Nazi and bring them to justice.

Serge Klarsfeld is Jewish and lost most of his family to the Nazi Death Camps. As he marrieds German born Beate Klarsfeld they find that many Nazis are living openly in Post War Germany. Others are in France or even South American countries and have not been punished for the crimes of World 2. They track several ex Nazis. One was listed in the phone book. They methodically document their case to attempt to bring justice in the form of public attention. Beate even slaps a Nazi Sympathizer who is a pubic official. The slap gets plenty of notoriety The "good old boy" comrades aka ex Nazis are alive and in positions of power in many countries which can help to hide other fugitives The Klarsfelds give us the outline of their life of helping many Nazis not only get arrested but help bring them to justice. The sacrifice is amazing . I would have liked this audio book to be a few hours less. At times is overly detailed, but still interesting how this couple were able to pull off the amazing ability to find justice let alone the danger they lived with. I give it 4 Stars. The reader(S) were both excellent with many dialects and very to help make the story come more alive.