Author and 'Munich'-film Inspiration Dies at Age 80

George Jonas, the Jew who was 'good enough for Hitler' passes away, possibly of Parkinson's disease, after publishing 16 books.

Screenshot of a tweet reporting the death of author George Jonas, January 11, 2016.
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George Jonas, whose book "Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team" inspired the 2006 Hollywood drama "Munich," passed away at 80 years of age, reported Canada's National Post news site Monday.

The author had reportedly been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease several years ago, but it was initially unknown if the illness was the cause of Jonas' death.

Jonas published the inspiration for Steven Spielberg's "Munich" in 1984, and said that the novel was based mainly on the accounts of Yuval Aviv who told the author he was head of the Mossad assassination unit that pursued the Palestinian perpetrators of the Munich Olympic Games massacre.

The Canadian author was also known as a journalist, poet, and pilot. In total, Jonas authored 16 books.

Reportedly a secular Jew, Jonas married his second wife Barbara Amiel in a synagogue where he reportedly told a Rabbi who questioned his faith, "Rabbi, if I was good enough for Hitler, I'm good enough for you."