Joseph Harmatz, Who Led Jewish Plot to Kill Germans After World War II, Dies at 91

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Joseph Harmatz at his home in Tel Aviv in May. His father, two brothers and four grandparents were lost in the war.

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Imagine a real-life version of “Inglourious Basterds,” Quentin Tarantino’s quixotic movie about Jewish avengers in World War II — but in this case involving a plot by a band of refugees to kill millions of Germans just after the war by poisoning their water supply.

The plot, which targeted five major cities in retribution for the Holocaust, failed. So did the conspirators’ Plan B, which followed in mid-April 1946: to murder 12,000 captured SS officers — members of the very unit that enforced the Nazis’ reign of…

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