Who, whom

Who is used for a grammatical subject, where a nominative pronoun such as I or he would be appropriate.

Right: The actor who played Hamlet was there. Who do you think is the best candidate?

Whom is used where an objective (object of) pronoun would be appropriate.

Right: To whom did you give the letter?
Right: The man whom the papers criticized did not show up.

Test by turning the sentence around to say, “The papers criticized the man [him].” Therefore, the objective form (him, whom) is correct in the original sentence.

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