Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb


The Nazi Hunters is the account of the case of Adolf Eichmann, an SS officer and the head of the Nazi final solution during World War II.  During the war, Eichmann was responsible for carrying out Hitler’s plan in murdering millions of Jews and other groups of people that were deemed “unfit” in the eyes of German citizens.  Even though he was a highly wanted criminal after the war, he escaped to Argentina with no remorse or remission for what he had done. This non-fiction book for young adults tells of the events and individuals who played a role in Eichmann’s capture including a holocaust survivor, a teenage girl, and a group of Israeli spies.  After over sixteen year, Eichmann is finally placed on trial.  His execution serves as both justice for those whose lives were impacted by the holocaust and as a starting point for the public to be made aware of the horrors of the events.   

I’m not a big reader of nonfiction, but as far as nonfiction books go I found the book to be very informative and generally easy to get through.  I have read a lot of books about World War II and the Holocaust (primarily historical fiction) and was surprised never to have heard of Eichmann.  The author did a great job of incorporating a lot of facts into a narrative that included an intriguing storyline and a lot of action.  I was a little confused by all of the characters at times, but the photographs definitely helped to keep everyone straight.  I wouldn’t generally read this book on my own, but I appreciate the author’s research and would recommend this book to young adults who are interested in learning more about World War II.

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