The Nazi Hunters

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The depth of research in this fine work is evident in the level of information provided and in the extensive bibliography and source notes. An excellent choice for libraries looking to extend their World War II and Jewish history collections. Thriller fans will find all their favorite plot points here, from disguises and coded messages to abduction and interrogation, and Bascomb keeps on the right side of the fine line that distinguishes suspense from sensationalism.

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Standard Correlations. Add to Cart. Other Related Titles. History High. Out of stock. Argentina, for one, was already home to hundreds of thousands of German immigrants and had maintained close ties to Germany during the war. Also giving aid: the Vatican in Rome, which in seeking to help Catholic war refugees also facilitated fleeing Nazis—sometimes knowingly, sometimes not. As thousands of Nazis and their collaborators poured into the continent, a sympathetic and sophisticated network developed, easing the transition for those who came after.

While no definitive evidence exists that Hitler himself escaped his doomsday bunker and crossed the ocean, such a network could have helped make it possible. Below, a list of some of the most notorious Nazi war criminals who made their way to South America. The notorious SS lieutenant colonel masterminded the Nazi network of death camps that resulted in the murder of approximately 6 million people.

Eichmann orchestrated the identification, assembly and transportation of European Jews to Auschwitz , Treblinka and other death camps in German-occupied Poland. With the aid of a Franciscan monk in Genoa, Italy, he obtained an Argentine visa and signed an application for a falsified Red Cross passport. In he boarded a steamship to Buenos Aires under the alias Ricardo Klement.

Eichmann lived with his wife and four children in a middle-class Buenos Aires suburb and worked in a Mercedes-Benz automotive plant. In Israel, Eichmann stood trial as a war criminal responsible for deporting Jews to death and concentration camps. He was found guilty after a four-month trial in Jerusalem and received the only death sentence ever issued by an Israeli court.

He was hanged on May 31, Josef Mengele In Paraguay, He eluded capture in South America for 30 years. After being wounded and declared unfit for active duty, he was assigned to the Auschwitz death camp. There, he used the prisoners—particularly twins, pregnant women and the disabled—as human guinea pigs. Mengele even tortured and killed children with his medical experiments.

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The Nazi Hunters | Andrew Nagorski

The expulsion of nonagenarian ex-camp guards is not as immediate and vivid as calling Eichmann or Barbie to account for their deeds. For whatever reason, though, this struck a chord with me at this moment. With the way things are right now, it seems a propitious time to read a book like this. The Holocaust ended just over 70 years ago.

All the top brass, the officers and decision-makers of that era, are dead. Some, like Eichmann, reaped the whirlwind they had sown. There is little work left for the Nazi hunters. Time, as always, has the final say. So what happens to the Holocaust as it passes out of human memory? I think quasi-historians like David Irving represent the shuddery new world of Holocaust studies. As the last survivors pass, you will see a concerted effort to revise the Third Reich and normalize Hitler. Right now, in the United States, people are Sieg Heil -ing loudly and proudly, and putting pictures of themselves doing it up on Twitter.

I find it incredibly remarkable that people can so openly tie themselves to the greatest criminal in the long sad history of the world. Once upon a time, we could all agree Hitler was the worst. So, the Nazi hunters did their bit. They chased down the rats they could; they made life uncomfortable for the ones they could not; and they kept up the steady drumbeat of remembrance.

It will be up to time to tell us whether their work will live on as legacy. View all 6 comments. Aug 02, Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it Shelves: world-history , wwi-wwii. Time has finally run out in the search for Nazi war criminals but this book covers those years up until when the last Nazi camp guard was captured and sent back to Germany for trial. He died in prison in After the Nuremburg trials where the major Nazis faced justice, most governments lost interest in finding the "second level" criminals.

Not so for a group of dedicated Time has finally run out in the search for Nazi war criminals but this book covers those years up until when the last Nazi camp guard was captured and sent back to Germany for trial. Not so for a group of dedicated people, mostly Jewish, who were determined to find and bring to justice men and women who were instrumental in the operation of the horrors of the death camps.

In many cases these perpetrators had been allowed to go on with their lives although some had fled to South America where extradition was not a problem. Most people are familiar with Simon Wiesenthal and the Klarsfelds but there was also a small group of dedicated people who did not crave the limelight and worked behind the scenes in their quest for justice Polish Judge, Jan Sehn who first investigated the death camps; German prosecutor, Fritz Bauer who instigated both the capture of Adolph Eichmann and the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial; and William Denson who prosecuted hundreds of notorious death camp guards.

The Nazi hunters made it clear that they were seeking justice and not revenge but often faced resistance in their searches to find that justice. The author has done extensive research and interviewed both survivors of the Holocaust and the perpetrators. Running throughout the interviews with the Nazis was a phrase that has since become a cliche It is a disturbing book but one that should be read.

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View 1 comment. Sep 27, Randi rated it it was amazing. It is extremely well researched and eloquently written.


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The book lays out facts objectively and lets the reader reach his or her own judgements. The focus of the book is not the Holocaust itself but of the importance of prosecuting war criminals and documenting our own recent history no matter how ugly and painful. Why should you read this book? To answer that, I am going to plagiarize lines from the book, "To If you read only one book this year, it should be The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski. To answer that, I am going to plagiarize lines from the book, "To this day, there are no easy answers to the question why so many millions of Germans and Austrians, along with collaborators in most lands they conquered, could have willingly enlisted in a movement dedicated to mass murder.

One caveat - The Nazi Hunters reads a bit more like an excellent history book than a novel which might disappoint some readers. View 2 comments. Apr 10, Sharon Barrow Wilfong rated it it was amazing.

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This is a truly fascinating account of a segment of history that gets less attention each year. I think a wonderful movie could be made of this book. He describes the lawyers, tribunes, and the victims. Last but not least, he describes the defendants and their atrocious acts of cruelty not for the faint of heart and their fate. He even gives a brief history of the hangman who served out justice to the This is a truly fascinating account of a segment of history that gets less attention each year. He even gives a brief history of the hangman who served out justice to the defendants who were sentenced to death.

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Still, many Nazis got away. Some of this was because they tribunal judge decided that being a guard, or in some way serving in a concentration camp was not evidence of guilt. This was changed, years later, after most Nazis were dead, to guilt by association. If you were a part of the machine, you were still guilty. It's interesting the excuses almost all of the criminals caught gave: They were merely following orders and in times of war, one cannot think or question.

But that does not explain why some got such sadistic pleasure out of their job, not to mention that there are some things that transcend government orders. There is a higher moral order we must all answer to. After the initial trials, interest waned in bringing war criminals to justice, mostly because the nations, especially Germany, but also the United States, wanted to put the past behind them.

In the United States case, they had become embroiled in the Cold War and their focus had shifted. But there were individuals that refused to give up the past until all perpetrators had been brought to justice. We learn about Simon Wiesenthal, a holocaust survivor and others who at first fought singlehandedly to bring former Nazis to justice. Nagorski does a nice job giving background information of the Nazi criminals and their hunters. Much of the book runs like a high action movie. There are others too.

Nagorski also recounts the efforts of Germany to create a gap in their history for their citizens who were born after the war. Thanks to some piercing documentaries made by a couple of German film makers in the seventies, German youth received a shock and awareness of, not only what happened in their country, but also that beloved relatives, grandparents, aunts, uncles, were a part of this notorious regime. Hannah Arendt, while covering the Eichmann trial in Israel coined the term, "the banality of evil.

Evil can never be radical; it can only be extreme. Arendt was herself a German-Jewish exile. I think the thought that evil could become normal by average everyday citizens, makes people uncomfortable. But look at what is accepted in our own society. First it was abortion. Now in New York and Virginia, it's infanticide. And people stood up and clapped.


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There are heartbreaking stories, one in particular of a Jewish man riding on a train in Germany, chatting amiably with his fellow passengers, everyone friendly.