Monday, March 9, 2015
Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi. By Neal Bascomb
Nazi Hunters is a compelling example of narrative non-fiction that reads like a true spy novel. The pages are filled with primary sources gathered during the suspenseful hunt for Adolf Eichmann, the orchestrator of the Nazi’s Final Solution. Nazi Hunters begins with the retelling of Eichmann’s rise to power in the Nazi Party, the end of World War II, and his escape to Argentina. Sixteen years later he was found and a team of special Israeli spies was sent out to secretly capture him and smuggle Eichmann back to Israel where he could stand trial. Through the spies’ retelling of the story, we learn about the preparation and dangers of the mission. From disguises to hidden cameras, the Israeli spies employed every trick up their sleeves to confirm the man they would capture was indeed the man they sought for his involvement in the death of millions.
Nazi Hunters is a great read for high school students interested in the Holocaust, spy novels or the events surrounding World War II. The text is supplemented by photographs, maps, and documents used during the reconnaissance, capture and escort phases of the mission. --Claudio Leon
Bascomb, Neal. Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books. 2013. Print.
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