Au­thor Ge­orge Jonas dies at age 80

Books in­cluded Vengeance about Is­raeli hunt for Mu­nich Olympics ter­ror­ists

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

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.”

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