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NAZI HUNTERS: HOW A TEAM OF SPIES AND SURVIVORS CAPTURED THE WORLD'S MOST NOTORIOUS NAZI

NAZI HUNTERS: HOW A TEAM OF SPIES AND SURVIVORS CAPTURED THE WORLD'S MOST NOTORIOUS NAZI

Fall 2013 Non-Fiction
Ages: 12 & Up
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 978-0-545-43099-9
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Review:

Nazi Hunters opens with the experiences of a few Jewish men, who, although their loved ones did not, managed to survived Nazi concentration camps. They later became involved in the relentless worldwide pursuit of the execrable Nazi, Adolf Eichmann. After the end of WWII, Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazi's "Final Solution" disappeared without a trace. No one even had a picture of him.

Simon Wiesenthal, the famous Nazi hunter who hunted Eichmann relentlessly for almost two decades, indicated that the tracking down of Eichmann needed to start with a picture to identify him. A handsome, charming man, Manus Diamant, made this his goal and endeared himself to Eichmann's wife, Vera, and others who knew him without any luck—until he finally saw a picture of Eichmann in a photo album belonging to one of Eichmann's old girlfriends. This album was confiscated from her by a ruse, and the hunt began.

Several years after the end of the war, the United States and Germany were more focused on the Cold War with the Soviet Union than with capturing old war criminals. The hunt moved to the new nation of Israel, where Isser Harel, the head of Mossad, Israel's secret intelligence agency, became involved. The head of state, David Ben-Gurion, indicated to Harel that Eichmann needed to be captured in Argentina, where he had been seen, and brought to Israel to stand trial.

In the days before enhanced computer communication abilities, all spy operations were slow and dependent upon careful observation and hard work by humans. Even to readers knowing the ultimate outcome of Eichmann's capture in Buenos Aires in May of 1960, this work of non-fiction is breathtakingly exciting.

Kemie Nix   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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