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More than seven decades after the end of the Second World War, the era of the Nazi Hunters is drawing to a close. Their saga is finally told in this “deep and sweeping account of a relentless search for justice that began in 1945 and is only now coming to an end” (The Washington Post).After the Nuremberg trials and the start of the Cold War, most of the victors in World WaMore than seven decades after the end of the Second World War, the era of the Nazi Hunters is drawing to a close. Their saga is finally told in this “deep and sweeping account of a relentless search for justice that began in 1945 and is only now coming to an end” (The Washington Post).After the Nuremberg trials and the start of the Cold War, most of the victors in World War II lost interest in prosecuting Nazi war criminals. “Absorbing” (Kirkus Reviews) and “fascinating” (Library Journal), The Nazi Hunters focuses on the men and women who refused to allow their crimes to be forgotten.The Nazi Hunters reveals the experiences of the young American prosecutors in the Nuremberg and Dachau trials, Benjamin Ferencz and William Denson; the Polish investigating judge Jan Sehn, who handled the case of Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss; the Mossad agent Rafi Eitan, who was in charge of the Israeli team that nabbed Eichmann; and Eli Rosenbaum, who sought to expel war criminals who were living in the United States. But some of the Nazi hunters’ most controversial actions involved the more ambiguous cases, such as former UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim’s attempt to cover up his wartime history. Or the fate of concentration camp guards who have lived into their nineties, long past the time when reliable eyewitnesses could be found to pinpoint their exact roles.The story of the Nazi hunters is coming to a natural end. It was unprecedented in so many ways, especially the degree to which the initial impulse of revenge was transformed into a struggle for justice. The Nazi hunters have transformed our fundamental notions of right and wrong, and Andrew Nagorski’s “vivid, reader-friendly account of how justice was done…is comprehensively informative and a highly involving read” (The Wall Street Journal)....

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  • Matt
    2018-10-01 12:34

    When I picked up Andrew Nagorski’s The Nazi Hunters, I had a certain concept in my head about what it’d be like. I was thinking The Odessa File, The Boys from Brazil, Marathon Man, and The Debt. Except real. Turns out, with a few exceptions, that actual Nazi tracking is far more mundane. Less chases through steamy South American jungles, and more poking through dusty historical files. Yet the truth, however prosaic in comparison to Hollywood, is just as fascinating as fiction. There is some cloak-and-dagger stuff (the Mossad capture of Eichmann is an obvious example), but mostly this is a book about dogged researchers, prosecutors, and judges, who worked to bring criminals before the law long after the rest of the world started the process of moving on. Their purpose was not just justice or criminal responsibility; their purpose was to safeguard the historical record by constant reminders of what had happened in Europe during the years of Hitler. Nagorski begins, grimly enough, at the end of Nuremberg Tribunal, with the execution of the major war criminals of Nazi Germany. One by one, he observes as Master Sergeant John Wood hanged (often poorly) ten leading Nazis, from slave overseer Fritz Sauckel to high priest Alfred Rosenberg to SS chief Ernst Kaltenbrunner. In avoiding any discussion of the International Military Tribunal itself, and focusing only on the neck-breaking climax, Nagorski is making a subtle point. The Third Reich caused more damage than any other regime in history. They killed 20 million Soviets and 6 million Jews and started a war that killed as many as 50 million in total and nearly knocked the world off its orbit. It took more than the 24 men tried at Nuremberg to cause this calamity. Yet when we think of post-WWII justice, that is our paradigm. Calling those other perpetrators to account is the heart of The Nazi Hunters. That the men and women devoted to tracking down escaped Nazis managed to secure only a fraction of the culpable is its melancholy conclusion. Some of the characters Nagorski profiles are widely known. Simon Wiesenthal figures largely, which is no surprise. An Austrian Jew, Wiesenthal survived the Nazi camps to devote his life to tracking escaped Nazis. He also did an admirable job promoting his own work, which led to more than a little friction (as well as historical distortion, which Nagorski sorts through). Also prominent is the husband-and-wife team of Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, Nazi hunters cum activists who used bold tactics (Beate once slapped West German Chancellor Kurt Kiesinger) to draw attention to their cause. Their work led to the indictment of Klaus Barbie, the infamous Butcher of Lyon. (They also worked, as Nagorski notes, hand in glove with the East German Stasi, who were quite willing to cooperate with the Klarsfelds if it meant embarrassing their western counterpart). Nagorski also devotes substantial time to the lesser-known hunters, whose concrete deeds often exceeded those of their more-famous fellow travelers. Early in the book, Nagorski spends a lot of time with the trials that followed the echo of Nuremberg. In doing so, he introduces us to the young American prosecutors Benjamin Ferencz and William Denson. Ferencz served as an attorney on the Nuremberg Trials (not to be confused with the Nuremberg Tribunal, which dealt with the major war criminals). In that position, Ferencz prosecuted 22 members of the Einsatzgruppen, the SS’s mobile death squads. Denson served as prosecuting attorney for the Dachau trials. His most famous target was Ilse Koch, the notorious “Bitch of Buchenwald” who allegedly – but probably didn't – have a lampshade made of human skin. One of the major figures in The Nazi Hunters is German judge and prosecutor Fritz Bauer who kept the Holocaust alive in Germany by holding the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials in 1963. He also relayed important intelligence regarding Eichmann to Mossad. As I mentioned above, these are not the people we envision when we think “Nazi hunter.” Nagorski makes a compelling case for their inclusion within these ranks. The Nazi Hunters has no central narrative. Rather, it is arranged thematically and by subject. Some themes and subjects are more gripping than others. My attention sort of wandered when Nagorski covered Eli Rosenbaum and the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations, which very belatedly got around to expelling Nazi war criminals enjoying the fruits of American postwar prosperity. The expulsion of nonagenarian ex-camp guards is not as immediate and vivid as calling Eichmann or Barbie to account for their deeds. On the other hand, I found his chapter on Polish Judge Jan Sehn, who handled the case of onetime Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss, to be absolutely essential reading. In getting Höss to write out his “memoirs,” Sehn fired an invaluable early shot across the bow of Holocaust deniers. The Nazi Hunters is not a top shelf World War II book. I wasn’t blown away by the writing or narrative verve (though Nagorski certainly seems to have done his research). For whatever reason, though, this struck a chord with me at this moment. Lately, I’ve been musing on the role of memory in history. 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. Others, like Speer, glib-talked his way out of the noose, served just twenty years in prison, wrote some bestselling books, and spent the rest of his life trying to convince the world he was a “good Nazi.” Now, even the youngest participants – say, a seventeen year-old camp guard – are very old men. 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. Now – I’m not sure. 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.

  • abby
    2018-09-28 06:31

    I became interested in this book while reading a novel that featured a fictionalized Joseph Mengele whose creepy "doctor" plans to usher in a Forth Reich are foiled by a famed Nazi hunter. This got me thinking: for all the books I've read on WW2 and its aftermath, how did I not know someone as high profile as Mengele had escaped prosecution to live out a relatively normal life in South America? How did he even manage it? One would think the infamous Angel of Death would have to dodge endless attempts from authorities to apprehend him and would exist in cowering fear of capture. But it turns out that the Cold War became top priority almost immediately following V-Day and former Nazis looked less dangerous than current Communists. That left the task of justice to independent hunters, all who had their own agenda and motivations. Sometimes the hunters seemed to spend more time griping amongst themselves than rooting out Nazis.Very interesting topic, and engagingly written. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in WW2.* Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for granting me access to this title

  • The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
    2018-09-26 14:24

    Nagorski's Nazis Hunter's story picks up after the Nuremberg trials.  The official search for Nazis waned, partly because we became obsessed with the communists and partly because we felt that Germany just needed to get on with its healing from its reign of terror.For some reason I thought that most of the war criminals of WWII were arrested and prosecuted during the Nuremberg trials, this appears not to have been the case.  Nagorski book covers some of the men and women that continued to search for war criminals well into the twenty-first century.The book serves to remind us that we can never forget what happened and that we should bring to justice those that abuse their powers.This review was originally posted on The Pfaeffle Journal

  • Kyle Warner
    2018-10-17 14:20

    *I received an ebook copy of The Nazi Hunters from the publishers in exchange for an honest review*Most of the tales of WWII focus on the soldiers and the leaders of the countries at war. For myself, I’ve always been more fascinated by the stories of those who operated without direct backing from government and military, like the French Resistance fighters or the Nazi Hunters. And certainly many tales about these individuals have been exaggerated, both by storytellers wanting to create the most exciting yarn possible and by the heroes themselves. But there was a truth that inspired the fiction.I must admit that much of my knowledge about the Nazi hunters was based primarily on novels, films, and dramatized versions of history. Andrew Nagorski’s The Nazi Hunters was my first real, ‘non-fiction’ look at the true story behind the mythmaking, and the men who refused to let war criminals slip into obscurity.One of the most interesting things learned from Nagorski’s book is how unpopular the idea of Nazi hunters were. I’m young, I was not around during the Eichmann trial or when the topic of escaping Nazi war criminals was still a hot topic. I’d always assumed that most the world wanted to see the Nazis brought to justice. This apparently wasn’t the case. Many wanted to leave the past where it was, fearful that drudging up ugly events would prevent the world’s healing. To me, this sounds more sympathetic to the villains than the victims. The men and women who hunted Nazis across the globe were not willing to allow the past to be forgotten. Many of the hunters had lost family to the Nazis and felt their dearly departed deserved justice. What’s interesting is that, despite many operating as individuals, they often handed the Nazis over to official parties. Very rarely, it seems, were the Nazi war criminals executed without a trial.The trials make up a good portion of Nogorksi’s book. And again, the world had conflicting reactions to the idea of putting Nazis (some of them bosses, some underlings) on trial for murder and war crimes. Most of the Nazis refused to be apologetic, instead trying to make it seem like they were not the monsters the Jews were looking for. The Nazis, now out of uniform and without a mad army behind them, appeared quite weak and powerless. “The banality of evil,” is a phrase brought up again and again to describe these men. To me, this makes them more frightening. You can spot a wild mad man in a crowd. But a boring guy who’s willing to commit atrocities based on his beliefs (or on his superior’s beliefs) is a monster that can hide among us.One of the captured Nazis said something along the lines of, “I am over it. If they’re not, that’s their problem.” To me, that’s what I’ll take away from this book most of all: the fact that the murderers thought it was their right to go on living their lives in peace after the war — that WWII was an event which belonged in the past and was no longer a part of them. Victims have longer memories. The Nazi Hunters is an endlessly compelling book, one which strips away the fiction of heroes and monsters and presents them as human beings. It’s a book about dedicated professionals, some of whom continued their hunts for many decades, sometimes competing against rival hunters and sometimes facing grief for their troubles. Now, in 2016, most of the hunters and the hunted are dying away with the passage of time. Their stories do, finally, belong in the past. But it must not be forgotten. Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, so they say.

  • Aaron Finestone
    2018-10-05 08:42

    Seventy years after the end of World War II, the clock has run out for the hunters of Nazi war criminals. The executioners of the Holocaust–be they executives or prison guards–are in their 90’s, too frail or too senile to face justice. If competent to stand trial, they are too old to survive a full term in prison. The curtain falls.The Nazi Hunters (Simon and Schuster) by former Newsweek foreign correspondent Andrew Nagorski is an retrospective of government officials—in the United States, Germany, Poland and Israel—and free lancers–in France, Austria and the United States— who pursued the lonely battle for justice when the West wanted to forget the Holocaust and focus on the Cold War.At times the book is exciting as it describes the capture of Adolf Eichmann, and escape of major war criminals to Egypt and South America, never to be caught.Nagorski writes about the rivalries between free lance Nazi hunters, who at times, exaggerated their significance, even if intended to put fear of exposure to their targets.This book is easy to read. It is an excellent starter for readers just getting into the story of the Holocaust.

  • Ruth
    2018-10-13 12:31

    Thank you to Simon & Schuster for the ARC. While I was very interested in the content, I found myself constantly battling the book's structure. With nothing to provide an overarching narrative, each chapter feels like loosely organized snippets with little or no transition provided. It was like the book's structure worked actively against holding my attention. Also, at one point the author refers to Dietrich Bonhoeffer's sister-in-law as his wife, which eroded my faith in the book (Bonhoeffer was famously executed before his wedding could take place).

  • Donna Davis
    2018-10-03 06:33

    I had promised myself not to read any more Holocaust memoirs. What is to be gained? But when I saw this title available as a review copy on Net Galley, I thought that there is actually something to cheer the spirit in recounting how some of these monsters were tracked down and brought to justice. To date this is the most comprehensive telling of that achievement that I have read. Thanks go to Simon and Schuster and also to Net Galley for the DRC. This book is available for purchase May 17.Were it not for the efforts of Jewish survivors and the state of Israel, very few of the top-ranking Nazi officers would ever have gone to trial. Following World War II, Allied forces divided small, relatively helpless nations of Europe like a pack of robbers piecing out the spoils after a bank job. Once that was done, there was little energy or funding put into hunting down Nazis. To be sure, there was no logistical way to try and punish everyone in Germany or its neighboring states that had belonged to the Nazi party or its offshoots. There were millions. Some of them joined because it was easier to join than to not join; some did it for job security; and a surprising number did it because they loved Hitler and the Third Reich. No matter how terribly they have behaved, you can’t jail millions of people that did the wrong thing, even when their participation and complicity have resulted in the deaths of innocent millions. And so an agreement was reached that just the top guys would be hunted down and tried in an international court.By the time the war ended, however, the USA had begun the Cold War with Russia and its satellite states, incorporated at the time as the USSR. Congress was much more interested in funding ways to combat Stalin’s version of Communism than it was in locating war criminals. And this is where Israel became such an important player.There are passages within this meaty tome that necessarily detail the kinds of horrors visited by one or another Nazi officer in order to illustrate the level of evil the individual in question represented. It is not good bedtime material. But there is far more of the courage, cleverness, and above all teamwork involved in finding these people, documenting their crimes, and bringing them to justice, and that’s what I wanted to see. Philosophical questions that were examined when I was a kid in school are raised once more. At what point can a person no longer defend himself by saying he was just following orders? At what point does trying to follow the law of the land—even Fascist law—no longer let a person off the hook? Many of those that stood trial were people that had initiated one or another terrible innovation in the torture or murder of other human beings. Others went to trial for their monstrous brutality. Concentration camp survivors bore witness against them. I loved reading about those that had been stripped of everything, horribly tortured and humiliated right down to the nubs of their souls in a position of some power against their oppressors. It felt right.Addressed here also is the tremendously controversial kidnapping of the butcher Adolph Eichmann. Eichmann lived in a Latin American nation that did not extradite war criminals; Israeli forces ferreted him out, forced him onto an airplane and took him to stand trial in Israel. Those that objected to this illegal behavior ultimately had little recourse. I felt like it was one of those times when a rule is rightfully broken. (See Six Million Accusers: Catching Adolph Eichmann, also reviewed on my blog.)

  • Angela Winters
    2018-10-18 08:17

    The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski is a book about the capture, trials and sentencing of the men and women responsible for the deaths during The Holocaust. We have all heard the names Klaus Barbie, Martin Bormann, Aribert Heim, and Hermann Göring just to name a few. What a lot of people don't understand about the terrible people was that after their crimes, many hid among us for years leading peaceful lives. They did this until a group of people known as "The Nazi Hunters" began to find them.Although there were trials and sentencing, some never made it that far because they took their own lives. Some his among us until they were very old and were only caught in the last days of their lives. This is the story of "The Nazi Hunters" and how they tracked down and ensured punishment for these war criminals. This book is perfect for you if you love history and especially if you have an interest the in The Holocaust and its survivors.

  • LucidStyle
    2018-10-04 09:26

    This tome was able to provide a well-presented, comprehensive review of post-war global attitudes that consummated in the capture, trial, and sentencing of multiple Nazi criminals. It also provided extensive rationale discussing the failure of the time period’s leaders, due to political justifications, to support and levy adequate justice on even more Nazis or Nazi supporters, many of whom would continue their normal lives in normal Western society, and others of whom would escape the watchful eyes of Europe for solace and seclusion in South America or elsewhere. Nagorski described biography and background of the major Nazi “hunters,” who worked diligently to further their cause toward their ideal of justice. Revenge, justice, . . . we see that they are nascent, tightly intertwined. Another constant theme in this book which reflects the bloated boil of 20th century culpability is the consideration of choices: going along with the status quo and performing designated tasks (during wartime[...?]), or standing up for what is righteous.BOTTOM LINE: Highly recommended! Nagorski’s fascinating facts are well documented and delivered in a conversational though immensely knowledgeable voice.

  • Dolf Patijn
    2018-10-08 10:17

    This book was published in 2016, 72 years after the end of WWII. The hunted war criminals are all dead and gone, or soon will be, as are most of the hunters. Quite a few books have been written about the hunt for Nazi criminals and the hunters had to be very determined to keep going, because even in the 1950s and 60s already, the public and the governments weren't interested anymore. The Cold War brought new enemies and allies and a strong wish to forget about the past. Was it right to forget? Of course not. As many as possible should be brought to justice. The Nazi hunt went on into the 21st century and now it is time to look back on the full story and questions can be asked and often answered. How come so many escaped justice until they were old men? Why did Nazi hunters fight among themselves? Who were the lesser known hunters and what was their role? Although there is some first-hand testimony in this book, most of it is the result of Andrew Nagorski digging through archives. A remarkable achievement and a well-written, engaging book.

  • Ian
    2018-10-03 08:39

    The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski is about the impulse of revenge and the struggle for justice against the Nazis. It takes place after the Nuremberg trials while the official search for the Nazis was on. A man named William Denson was a polish investigating officer who seeks justice and triumph over the enemy. He was also in charge of the team that captured Eichmann, and he sought to expel war and criminals who once lived in the United States. The Nazi Hunters has other important roles too such as uncovering US General Kurt Waldheim and his attempt to cover up his wartime history. From a personal standpoint I thought the book itself was very entertaining. It managed to grab my attention much quicker than most books which is a hard thing to do. At first I was hesitant on reading this book since it was long and grueling at first, but I actually really enjoyed this read in the end.

  • Carter
    2018-09-17 10:27

    This story talks about the inhuman things that the nazis did during ww2. This also explains what happened before ww two. The thing I liked about this book was that it was real, the author didn't use fake facts. This book used very descriptive vocabulary which persuaded me to read more and more. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about what happened during ww2.

  • Jeff Scott
    2018-10-17 08:34

    One imagines former Nazis quivering from authorities after the war fearing retribution from those seeking justice. We might imagine them going by disguises or hidden names and wanting to erase themselves from the past. In reality, they were in plain site hiding from no one. It was only the leaders of the Nazi regime that saw justice handed to them in Nuremburg. Eichman would come much later (A now famous story of hidden identities and dogged pursuit by the Mossad and Simon Wisenthal which would later be a movie). Most of these stories, however, happened in courtrooms demonstrating legal documents of their work for the Nazis in World War II. The vast majority of those involved went unpunished. Author Andrew Nagorski provides a closing chapter for these Nazi Hunters. Their struggles, their rivalry, and how it may seem that justice was served, but too many just didn't want to dwell on the past. It was these few hunters that doggedly pursued their prey.These of the stories of the struggles and the successes of the Nazi Hunters. Many of the former Nazis are dead as are them men and women who hunted them. More important, is the legacy that they leave behind. The remind those in the future of these atrocities. Those in the future should never forget these crimes with the hopes that they will never happen again.I think coming off of this last election, one would wonder where our Nazi hunters are today. We need more of Beate Klarsfeld who would slap the West German Chancellor and yell out,"Nazi" to name and shame those who participated in atrocities. Nazi HuntersChapter SixteenThe legal process was often a tortuous one, if it was started at all. For those who worked for years to win their cases against alleged Nazi war criminals like Breyer, this was an important victory, but his death was also frustrating. It felt like another opportunity lost, not so much to punish the culprit, but to offer a new lesson in a German court about accountability and history—a lesson that individuals are responsible for their actions in such a situation, no matter what orders they may have received.Zuroff described the work of a Nazi hunter as “one-third detective, one-third historian, one-third lobbyist.” He added that Nazi hunters don’t prosecute anyone, but help make prosecutions possible.

  • Daphne Sharpe
    2018-09-22 12:33

    I rated this book as a 5 star read. It is a well researched book about The Final Solution in Nazi Germany's death camps. It introduces us to the concept of Nazi hunters who searched the world over looking for those who perpetrated horrendous crimes against the Jewish race mainly but also the Gypsies and the feeble minded and handicapped, that being the phrase of the time. Their excuse was always that they were following orders and that bad things happen in war. The story of the enforced transportation of Jews and others to concentration camps is well known but not all that happened once there is familiar to all. When the story moves to the Nuremberg trials, I found the details and the way these people were sentenced to death and the story of the hangings to be full of fascinating details.Gruesome but full of justice. The emphasis gradually shifted from revenge to justice as people and law keepers gradually tired of so many hangings and deaths and began to question if retribution was superseding justice.Later on the search for items and property stolen from the Jewish people came to the fore as seen in Hollywood films such as The Monument Men and The Woman in Gold that helped to keep these events in people's minds. As survivors grow older and their numbers decrease, their is always the danger that this period of history could be forgotten.

  • Connie Anderson
    2018-09-27 08:35

    After reading the description, I knew I had to read this book. Unlike other books on the topic, this is a comprehensive book at 416 pages long. It has been more than 70 years since the end of WWII and the great hunt for Nazi criminals is nearing its culmination now, "as they (the hunters) and the hunted die off. Their saga can now be told in its entirety." Author, Andrew Nagorski feels that now is the time to tell their stories, before they get lost in the annals of time.I feel that it's about time we read the true, nonfiction book about who the Nazi hunters really were. I cannot believe that most people, governments and parties involved, did not care to catch these monstrous criminals. To want to let them walk among the general public is unthinkable to me. And I have no ties to Europe during those times. I can't even begin to imagine the impact that had with survivors of the war, and most importantly of the concentration camps. "Oh, let's leave the past in the past." And some of the criminals were actually living in the United States during the search, and no one seemed to care! I did like how some of the Nazis were found and captured such as Adolf Eichmann.Thank you to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for giving me a free ARC of this book to read and give my honest review.

  • Betsy
    2018-09-20 10:17

    I knew a little about some of the Nazi hunters such as the Klarsfelds and Simon Wiesenthal, but this book adds recognition for those who are lesser known such as William Denson and Elizabeth Holtzman, but who performed invaluable service in the fight for justice.What a terrible time this was for the world. The Third Reich had been defeated, but so many of the Nazis were still at large. Even after the trials at Nuremberg, the knowledge about the extent of their evil was barely scratched until many official and private investigators made it their mission to inform the world. Unfortunately as the years went by, this became more difficult since some countries just wanted to "forget". One of the most interesting chapters dealt with the capture of Eichmann by the Israelis. I remember the trial and his execution. The book explores the controversies about that action, and discusses 'the banality of evil' theory that originated with Hannah Arendt. That is one of the most frightening aspects of this discussion. So many of the perpetrators seemed so 'ordinary' not monsters at all, especially as they grew older.Thankfully, there were people like the Nazis Hunters who pursued justice for those who perished and those who survived.

  • Helen
    2018-09-20 11:34

    If you read only one book this year, it should be The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski. It is extremely well researched and eloquently written. 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 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." Quoting Kelley, "if there was no indication of outright madness among the Nazis, the argument that "it can happen here" - or anywhere for that matter --was right."We must never forget.One caveat - The Nazi Hunters reads a bit more like an excellent history book than a novel which might disappoint some readers.

  • Heather
    2018-10-11 11:21

    Very interesting and extensively researched. I think anyone with an interest in Nazi hunters will enjoy this, but I do think that a past knowledge of the subject helps. The lack of narrative structure and the vast amount of characters makes this book hard to follow occasionally. But the stories and anecdotes definitely make this an interesting read. **I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

  • James Carnie
    2018-10-04 10:45

    I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. At the beginning of the book it started off slow for me it took me awhile to get going on it, that's why i gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Once I got reading the book I could keep reading I read for 2 ½ hours one night which has never been done from me. The way the author used his words made me more interested in the book it brought me close to the book than any other author has done.If you could give stars at the beginning, middle and end the beginning would maybe get a 2 or a 1 star. The book started off super slow so it was tough for me to sit down and read an hour a night. It started off boring because the beginning was just about before the war, this made it boring because it wasn't telling me anything interesting. One the first 3 chapters were done then the book got rolling a little bit. The chapters 3-7 were talking about the life of the kid during the war which was interesting but it still wasn't catching my attention.For the middle rating of the book i'm going to have to give it a 5 star rating. This part of the book was when they were tracking down Eichman and getting a skilled team to go and capture him in Buenos Aires. There were parts of the book where I could not put the book down they were so interesting like when they were tracking his route and about to capture him. There were also parts where I feel asleep to and sorta skipped over those parts they were that boring.This book is kind of a mystery, because they have to try and track him down and then the preparation that it takes to capturing this one person. He has been on the run for 15 years and no one has caught him. The author makes it so intense when the capture actually goes down. I would never be able to come up with the words he does to make it like this. He makes everything sound like it was happening right now not 70 years ago.At the end of the day they capture Eichmann and bring him to trial. This book is amazing I would give this book a 10 out of 10. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It's not to hard but also not extremely easy.

  • Michelle Maxwell
    2018-09-24 10:41

    Incredible read. There's so much information to take in, it's almost better to think of it as a collection of short stories. I enjoyed reading about the various Nazi hunters themselves. Their unwavering dedication in seeking out those responsible for the most horrific crime in history is amazing. Especially considering how difficult it was to not only track them down, but to convict. Along with the fact that their pursuit of Nazis wasn't solely for justice. It was about collecting a historical record of the atrocity so that no one could deny it happened, no one could forget it happened, and to prevent it from happening again.I've always had a morbid fascination with the psychology of serial killers/murderers, and was intrigued by the possibility of receiving insight into the minds of Nazis. It's fascinating (albeit disturbing) how many Gestapo/SS/concentration camp officers and guards truly thought that because they didn't physically kill anyone, they were innocent. That Rudolf Hoss, the longest standing commandant of Auschwitz who tested and perfected mass killing techniques and was essentially responsible for the deaths of 1 million men, women and children didn't think he could be held responsible for the consequences of what he was doing. "You see, in Germany it was understood that if something went wrong, then the man who gave the orders was responsible."There are also deeper questions raised: "What's the point in pursuing aging guards?" "Why not just let them fade away?" The author's exploration of these topics was truly eye-opening and enlightening.

  • Cudeyo
    2018-10-07 09:44

    Libro escrito por un periodista británico en el que recopila toda la información y entrevistas que ha realizado sobre el tema de los cazadores de nazis.Cuando oimos o leemos este término, cazadores de nazis, nos viene a la imagen ese personaje de película que entre persecuciones, conspiraciones y demás encuentra a un fugitivo nazi en una mansión en la Patagonia rodeado de guardaespaldas y dobermans. Este libro rompe ese cliché mostrando la realidad de lo que han sido y son los cazadores de nazis.Los primeros fueron los aliados en los juicios por crímenes de guerra tras el fin de la II Guerra Mundial. Los famosos juicios de Nuremberg, pero también los de Dachau, por ejemplo, más desconocidos pero igual de importantes.Después nos presenta a los distintos profesionales que dedicaron sus vidas o parte de ellas a encontrar, denunciar, detener y enjuiciar a los criminales nazis fugados. El más famoso Simon Wiesenthal, temperamental, polémico, pero también está Tuvia Fieldman, el matrimonio Klarsfeld, el fiscal alemán Fritz Bauer, el Mossad, la Oficina de Investigaciones Especiales del departamento de justicia de EEUU. Y sus casos más sonados: el secuestro de Eichmann, la detención de Klaus Barbie, el juicio de Auschwitz, ....Es un libro muy interesante, aunque algo monótono. Una buena forma de conocer la realidad de estos desconocidos aunque poco convencionales héroes.

  • Jonathan
    2018-10-14 09:20

    The book The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb is a book that takes place after world war 2 has ended and they start doing research on people that were someone included in the war, one of the main people they investigated was Adolf Eichmann. The book does a really good job of trying to give out separate parts of information in the book to keep you on your toes and not just give you parts of information in big bunches. I learned from it the once world war 2 was over, it wasn’t really over and people were trying to investigate and find out research on people who had anything to do with it. I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in the history of world war 2. I would give this book a 5 out of 5 because I think that the book was put together really well and that it was really good at showing facts about what kind of stuff happened after the war. Overall I thought that it was a really good book, and I have also started to become interested in other books based on this time period.

  • Liz B
    2018-10-01 11:27

    I had a very long "aftermath-of-WWII" kick this summer, initiated by my reading of The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics--because I followed up by reading Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl and was pretty fascinated by how she was both demonized and yet essentially escaped (legal) consequences.This book tells some of the stories of the hunts for escaped Nazis, but it focuses on the stories of the hunters themselves. It was an interesting and fast read, and while it hit on several stories and hunters I already knew of, there were others that were brand new to me. I'm glad I read it.

  • Lisa
    2018-09-23 09:19

    I was concerned that this might be a rehash of books I had already read, but it brings the stories up to 2015 and summarizes them well. The author, a longtime journalist for Newsweek and other publications, has been covering these types of stories during his career. He not only profiles the cases of the people you think of as Nazi-hunters, such as Simon Wiesenthal and the Klarsfelds, but also the cases brought by the military and governments shortly after the Second World War and on through the years. He discusses the issues surrounding the quest to bring Nazis to justice, such as whether the now-elderly surviving war criminals should be prosecuted and whether lower-level criminals should stand trial. He talks about the work to find and prosecute the criminals who hid in plain sight after the war as well as the better known participants in the Holocaust, such as Mengele and Eichmann. A good book on this subject.

  • Gavin
    2018-10-10 06:16

    I love history and I love mysteries, so this book was entirely up my alley. Like many books of this type even though it is a fast read I tend to get bogged down in looking for books and videos that are mentioned, so beware if you fall into the same sort of trap.Suffice it to say that this book brings out the sense of justice in you and although you realize that one cannot track down and punish everyone that was guilty of war crimes in Nazi Germany one finds oneself rooting for those who took on the task.The particularly interesting thing to me is that most of these Nazi Hunters were either not friends or jealous of each other, so one wonders what might have been accomplished if this was not true.Quite the rabbit hole. I'm good at finding them. Trying to decide how much of the Eichmann trial I can watch on youtube.

  • Rodney Falberg
    2018-10-18 13:33

    The cause of justice is never an easy one, and not a popularly one, but it is better to be hated by the world and live the life of a lonely pursuer of justice than to live a life of ignorant blissfulness to evil in the shadows. The work of the Nazi Hunters who pursued war criminals did so in a time that after the Nuremburg trials wanted to forget and move on, and these individuals bravely pursued evil when it attempted to squirm away into the darkness and tried to remain hidden. The efforts of so many and women who pursued these murderers and evil doers should be taught in our schools and our youth reminded that the path of the justice is a noble and worthy cause. I read this book in a week, as the stories of heroism, bravery, and intrigue kept my eyes glued to the pages. I highly recommend this book.

  • Paul Miller
    2018-09-22 10:44

    Who would ever imagine that today's economic giant of Europe is the same nation that just a generation ago applied all its resources to genocide? Remarkable and disturbing. This book is a gripping, highly readable retelling of Nazi tracking from the end of the war to present. I'd never really thought about the practical and logistical challenges that were involved. When an entire nation supports the Nazis in war, it's inevitable that many of the post-war leaders of Germany would be former Nazis. Heck, the UN was even led at one point by an ex-Nazi! Meanwhile, the US needed Germany as an ally against the Soviet Union, so we were motivated to look forward as well. If you're in the mood for a highly readable treatment of a challenging historical topic, give this one a go.

  • Olivia.S
    2018-10-08 07:31

    When I picked up "The Nazi Hunters," I thought there was going to be lots of action and mystery. The first 4-5 chapters were okay, and I thought "Okay they are setting up the book," but then after those fist few chapters it felt like the author/ book kept repeating itself, and the whole book is just about people trying to catch the last Nazis. In my opinion the book is confusing, because the chapters don't have any good transitions so I never know who is talking, and where they are. I don't recommend this book for anyone who gets bored easily like me.

  • Jessica Broadbent
    2018-10-03 10:23

    Gosh, this was a tough read. I really took my time reading this, as it was quite difficult to read about how terrible humans can be to each other, so I just read a few pages every now and then. It certainly was interesting to hear about some of the more hidden aspects of the Nazi trials in Europe immediately after the war, and some of the big investigations.

  • Mary Greiner
    2018-09-20 09:33

    An excellent and detailed explanation of the many Nazi hunters after the end of the war. I learned more than I wanted to know, and appreciate the efforts of so many to track down and bring to justice the people who participated in the Holocaust.