Author George Jonas dies at age 80
Books included Vengeance about Israeli hunt for Munich Olympics terrorists
Author and columnist George Jonas has died at the age of 80, according to the National Post, which published his work in recent years.
There were no immediate details about the novelist’s death, but the newspaper reported he had been ill for several years.
Jonas’s books included “Vengeance,” an account of five Israelis picked to hunt down and kill those responsible for the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
The book was adapted into the 2005 film “Munich,” directed by Steven Spielberg.
According to his website, the Hungarian-born writer emigrated to Canada in 1956. He went to work for the CBC as a producer and spent the next three decades at the public broadcaster.
He collaborated with renowned defence lawyer Edward Greenspan to produce a radio program, then a television show both called “Scales of Justice,” which recounted famous crimes.
Most recently Jonas was a columnist for the National Post, in which colleague Mark Steyn paid tribute to his writing.
“His elegance had a magnificent compression to it,” Steyn told the Post.
Jonas was named to the Order of Canada in 2014. The Governor General’s website described Jonas’s writing as “clever, unafraid and compelling.”