THE NAZI HUNTERS
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013
During World War II, a young man named Adolf Eichmann came into his own. Rising through the ranks in the German army, Eichmann found himself appointed to head up the Nazi Final Solution. And he was very good at the job. He claimed to have caused the extermination of 5 million Jews. But when the war was lost, he hid in the hills and then escaped to Argentina. Although it took many years, he was finally located and brought to Israel to stand trial for his horrendous war crimes. This is the story of how Eichmann was located after the war and his trial in Israel.
During World War II, Adolf Eichmann was the man Hitler put in charge of the destruction of the Jewish population of Europe. Eichmann carried out his orders with nightmarish effectiveness, directing the terrible process of removing Jewish people to the Nazi death camps. At the defeat of Germany, Eichmann managed to slip through the Allies hands and escape prosecution, disappearing into history.
Years later in Argentina, a young woman, Sylvia Hermann, meets a young man named Nick. She brings him to dinner to meet her family but Nick does not impress. He boasts about his father having been highly placed in the Nazi regime, not knowing that Sylvia’s father left Germany to escape the Nazis. Sylvia stops dating Nick, but she and her father wonder, Nick’s last name is Eichmann… could his highly-placed father be Adolf Eichmann?
This begins the true story of how one of the most notorious Nazis was brought to justice after years on the run. The Nazi Hunters tells how the initial amateur investigations of the Hermanns eventually led to the assembly of a team of Israeli spies—many of them Holocaust survivors themselves—and Eichmann’s capture in Argentina.
The Nazi Hunters is non-fiction but the book reads like a suspenseful thriller. Author Neal Bascomb keeps his readers engaged with descriptions of safe houses, disguises and stakeouts but never lets them forget the importance of bringing Eichmann to justice for his role in the deaths of millions of people during World War II.
(Booktalk by Amber Peterson, Teacher-Librarian, Beaver Lake Middle School, Issaquah, WA, Evergreen Book Award)
|SUBJECTS: Eichmann, Adolf,