George Jonas, author whose book inspired Spielberg's 'Munich', dies at 80

George Jonas, a novelist, TV producer and journalist whose book "Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team" inspired the Steven Spielberg film "Munich" died on Sunday at the age of 80, according to media reports.

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Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1935, Jonas emigrated to Canada in 1956 following the Hungarian Revolution.

He worked for the CBC for years, most famously producing the true crime series The Scales of Justice with lawyer Eddie Greenspan.

Jonas was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2013 for "his thought-provoking contributions to Canadian public discourse as an author and journalist."

Authors and politicians were quick to pay tribute to Jonas' work, even if they admitted they didn't agree with his stances.

One of the wonderful things about George Jonas was how many who disagreed w him admired his lucidity & elegance. Fierce writer, dear man.

— Guy Gavriel Kay (@guygavrielkay) January 11, 2016

So very sad to learn of death of George Jonas. Loved him. A great man. Journalist, novelist George Jonas dead at 80 https://t.co/HT0SfOp20U

— Senator Linda Frum (@LindaFrum) January 11, 2016

Losing George Jonas feels like the end of an era. A brilliant, kind, wonderfully eccentric voice for freedom. RIP. https://t.co/gbIM2ypwcj

— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) January 11, 2016


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