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Thursday 14 December 2017

Holocaust 'avenger' Joseph Harmatz dies aged 91

Joseph Harmatz remained unapologetic over his actions (AP)
Joseph Harmatz remained unapologetic over his actions (AP)

Holocaust survivor Joseph Harmatz, who led the most daring attempt by Jews to seek revenge against their former Nazi tormentors, has died aged 91.

His son, Ronel Harmatz, confirmed the death on Monday.

Mr Harmatz was one of the few remaining Jewish "avengers" who carried out a mass poisoning of former SS officers in an American prisoner-of-war camp in 1946, which left more than 2,200 Germans sick, but caused no known deaths.

The message echoed into a rallying cry for the newborn state of Israel.

Mr Harmatz, who lost most of his family in the Holocaust, spoke to reporters shortly before his death and remained unapologetic for his actions.

After the war, Mr Harmatz worked at the Jewish Agency and was director general of World ORT, a Jewish educational organisation.

Press Association

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