Famed Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld attend the opening of the exhibition "Special Trains to Death - Deportations of the German Reichsbahn" at the Potsdamer Platz train station January 23, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. Beate Klarsfeld helped in creating the traveling exhibition, which is sponsored by Deutsche Bahn and documents the role of the World War II German rail system in deporting Jews from across Europe to concentration camps. The exhibit will be shown at train stations in cities across Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, two prominent French Nazi hunters, won the Jewish Book Council’s top national book award on Wednesday.

“Hunting the Truth: Memoirs of Serge and Beate Klarsfeld” includes first person accounts of the couple’s 50-plus years of pursuing Nazi war criminals. The Jewish Book Council noted that the Klarsfelds were hesitant at first to work on an autobiography, saying they lacked “talent for storytelling,” but were pleased with the final product.

See the other winners here in categories such as American Jewish studies, contemporary Jewish life and practice, biography and more.


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