A Relentless Pursuit: Bringing Holocaust Perpetrators to Justice

Is it ever too late to pay for a crime? While thousands of Holocaust perpetrators were brought to trial immediately after World War II, interest in seeking justice for Nazi crimes waned with the start of the Cold War. However, a few determined individuals continued to bring perpetrators to account in trials held around the world.

Nagorski Traces Nearly-Forgotten History In ‘Nazi Hunters’

Following the end of World War II, the U.S. and its European allies pivoted immediately to a new mission: to stop the spread of Soviet Communism. The Cold War had begun, Nazis who would have been tried as war criminals suddenly became key resources in the fight against the communists, and the atrocities of the Holocaust seemed ready to be forgotten.

Nagorski Traces Nearly-Forgotten History In ‘Nazi Hunters’

Following the end of World War II, the U.S. and its European allies pivoted immediately to a new mission: to stop the spread of Soviet Communism. The Cold War had begun, Nazis who would have been tried as war criminals suddenly became key resources in the fight against the communists, and the atrocities of the Holocaust seemed ready to be forgotten.

Book review: 'The Nazi Hunters' by Andrew Nagorski

“I’ve tried to make sure that people don’t forget what happened,” concentration camp survivor and famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal told author Andrew Nagorski in their last conversation before Wiesenthal died in 2005.

In his latest history, “The Nazi Hunters,” Nagorski accomplishes that goal as he profiles the hunters — Germans, Americans, Israelis, Poles, French and Austrians — and their prey, the war criminals who managed to create new lives for themselves after the Holocaust.

Book review: 'The Nazi Hunters' by Andrew Nagorski

“I’ve tried to make sure that people don’t forget what happened,” concentration camp survivor and famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal told author Andrew Nagorski in their last conversation before Wiesenthal died in 2005.

In his latest history, “The Nazi Hunters,” Nagorski accomplishes that goal as he profiles the hunters — Germans, Americans, Israelis, Poles, French and Austrians — and their prey, the war criminals who managed to create new lives for themselves after the Holocaust.

How they captured Adolf Eichmann


One of the great myths of the postwar era was that Israeli agents were constantly scouring hideouts all over the world, relentlessly tracking down Nazi war criminals. Nothing could be further from the truth says Rafi Eitan, the man who led the Mossad commando unit that seized Adolf Eichmann, one of the great monsters of the Nazi period, responsible for exterminating millions of people.

The long reach of justice

On May 30, a special court in Dakar, Senegal, sentenced Hissene Habre, the former president of Chad, to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of crimes against humanity, torture and sex crimes. The charges against the deposed dictator, who was once a U.S. ally during the Cold War, echoed the language employed by the victorious Allies when they tried top Nazi leaders in Nuremberg 70 years ago.

A coincidence? Far from it.

World War II Magazine

On newsstands now... the July/August edition of World War II Magazine, featuring The Nazi Hunters as the cover story.

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