Today on Tablet, Alexander Aciman writes on Serge Klasfeld’s storied career as Nazi hunter.
Today, high-ranking Nazi officials are dead. But Klarsfeld made it clear there is still a great deal of work to be done for Nazi hunters in the world without Nazis. After all, one of Klarsfeld’s greatest accomplishments—along with hunting down Barbie—is undoubtedly French Children of the Holocaust, which reminds the world of the children who were killed, some too young to even know their own names, logged instead by numbers before being sent off and murdered. “I wrote it maybe because I was a survivor. I was able to escape death, but I didn’t escape it for nothing,” he told me when I spoke with him at La Maison Francaise. “I didn’t want what happened to others, and what could have easily happened to me, not to be known.” While I once felt the need to celebrate Georgy’s birthday having been born more than half a century later, Klarsfeld was compelled to celebrate every single French child whose very fate he was just able to escape.
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