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The Blood of His Servants is a remarkable true story. In the whole range of Holocaust literature it stands apart, for it recounts the search by one survivor for the single Nazi murderer of his family—a man who had once been their friend.
In prewar Poland, Bibi Krumholz, the nephew of prosperous Jewish landowners, is befriended by the wealthy Dutchman Pieter Menten. Largely due to Menten’s wordly influence, Bibi leaves for Palestine in 1935. In the years before the war, Menten establishes a business partnership with Bibi’s family; in a legal battle over timber rights, Menten is publicly embarrassed and swears retribution.
It comes swiftly. In 1945, Bibi is desperate for news of his family. Wisps of rumor drift to Tel Aviv about the fate of his village. Then Bibi learns from survivors that Menten exacted a hideous revenge, that as an adviser to an SS killer squad, Menten directed the execution of all Jews in the village—including every member of Bibi’s family. Bibi vows vengeance and his hunt begins.read more
I wish, I wish, I wish this guy had been brought to justice (if you can call it that) much sooner. This is another Holocaust book. Like so many others, it tells of how people are easily corrupted, and easily blinded. The Jews in Lwow, Poland honestly didn't believe the atrocities would reach them, that they were safe where they were; a belief that ultimately led to their deaths. It tells of how one man, "the dutchman", whom the Jews of Lwow believed was their friend, ransacked their homes for works of art and had them systematically executed. Then later, how he tried to hide, but was found by a relative of those killed. A good book, but I won't be reading it again.read more
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