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.

Book Discussion on The Nazi Hunters

Andrew Nagorski talked about his book The Nazi Hunters, in which he profiles the men and women who continued to hunt down Nazi war criminals in the years following the Nuremberg and Dachau trials. He spoke with Lawrence Douglas, author of The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial.

The Nazi Hunters’ Enduring Legacy

One of the most famous German films right after the end of World War II was called Die Mörder sind unter uns — “The Murderers are Among Us.”

The movie’s main character is Suzanne Wallner, a concentration camp survivor. Played by the actressHildegard Knef, she returns to her devastated apartment in the ruins of Berlin.

Moviemaking and coping with history

WJCT: First Coast Connect

Author Andrew Nagorski joins us to discuss his new book, The Nazi Hunters, fascinating look at the small band of men and women who refused to allow the crimes of the Third Reich to be forgotten, and who were determined to track down Nazi war criminals.

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