Con­fes­sions of a Nazi hunter

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JOHN FISHER

GROW­ING UP in Brook­lyn, Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff’s dream was to be­come the first Ortho­dox Jew to play in the NBA.

“To be per­fectly hon­est I wasn’t good enough so basketball’s loss is Nazi hunt­ing’s gain,” Dr Zuroff told a ca­pac­ity crowd at the Chabad Lubav­itch Cen­tre in Leeds on Sun­day.

Dr Zuroff, di­rec­tor of the Jerusalem of­fice of the Si­mon Wiesen­thal Cen­tre, said “the good news is that we have more or less won the fight against the Holo­caust de­nier in the Western world.

“But that doesn’t mean there will never be any­one who will deny the Shoah in the fu­ture. There will al­ways be such peo­ple.”

Holo­caust de­nial in the Arab world re­mained “a tremen­dous prob­lem. They think the Shoah is made up and they have no con­cept of what ac­tu­ally hap­pened.”

He claimed to be “the only Jew who wishes for a long life for Nazis” — at least un­til he caught them. Dr Zuroff be­lieves hun­dreds are still alive.

But the “sad truth is that many coun­tries don’t want to pros­e­cute”.

He had yet to come across a Nazi who re­gret­ted their ac­tions.

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