The last Nazi Hunter, Efraim Zuroff: ‘People call me “Mr Holocaust.” You need a sense of humour to do this job’

On a sunny morning in May, in the week of Yom HaShoah, the day on which Israel observes the remembrance of the Holocaust, Efraim Zuroff, the man known as ‘the last Nazi hunter’, was sitting in his office in Jerusalem, lamenting the fact that he was ‘all of a sudden one of the most in-demand people in Israel’.

There were press interviews and lectures to be given, articles to be written on Holocaust distortion, the status of the search for this Nazi war criminal or that one to be updated, and the rise of anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and the Baltic States. ‘Which I have to tell you is terrible.’ He shook his head. ‘Terrible…’