The Nazi Hunters How A Team of Spies And Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi

by Neal Bascomb

Book, 2013



Call number

J 736 BAS



New York, NY Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2013


Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust.

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LibraryThing member LaneLiterati
The Nazi Hunters tells the story of how Adolf Eichmann was captured and brought to trial for the atrocities he orchestrated during the Holocaust. Not only is the book informative, it is a nail-bitingly tense read. My only criticism is that Bascomb could have included a little more information on
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the political situation in Argentina.
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LibraryThing member DeweyEver
Bascomb takes on the monumental task of summarizing the hunt for and capture of one of the most notorious war criminals from the Nazi party, Adolf Eichmann. Readers interested in espionage, especially before the advent of the Internet, will be fascinated by the twists and turns in this
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well-written, suspenseful story. The inclusion of a myriad of historical documents and photographs help the reader keep events and key players in order. Another historical account with intrigue and action is the story of the atomic bomb in Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin.
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LibraryThing member freeborboleta
VOYA - 4Q, 3P

While this book was very well written, it was a little hard to get into - I found some of the sentences/chapters were a little dry and choppy, especially at the beginning. However, at roughly Chapter 7-8 the story picked up pace. The absolute value of this book is in the story it tells
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- I think overall, the power and reason why this book needs to be read can be summed up in the following quote...

"The world will be forced to remember what had happened, and it will be reminded that such horrors must never be repeated" (p 69)

That's what this book [and other books in the subject targeted to teens] do, they force the younger generation [and all of us] to learn and remember about these events are ensures they're not repeated.

In a somewhat tangential note, I really liked the feel of this book - the paper used was of really high quality, thick and very smooth. And also, it smelled really good [weird think to note, I know].
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LibraryThing member mamzel
With the advent of Common Core Standards, it has become my mission to find nonfiction books that appeal to teens. This is one such book.

The men looked at one another as Harel spoke. They knew that he had dedicated his life to Israel and that everything he did was a matter of principle, but on this
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day he was particularly fervent and eloquent, and his words stirred his team.

"We will bring Adolf Eichmann to Jerusalem," Harel said, "and perhaps the world will be reminded of its reponsiblities. It will be recognized that, as a people, we never forgot. Our memory reaches back through recorded history. The memory books lies open, and the hand still writes."

It is relatively short (219 pages) and full of pictures of the people involved and artifacts from the mission. What I also like are the similarities between this story and the more modern one about Osama bin Laden.

Adolf Eichmann was one of the biggest villains of World War II. He was the one who planned the extermination of millions of Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and other undesirables. He built the death camps and scheduled the trains transporting people from their cities to their demise. Survivors and relatives of the victims undertook the mission to find him, apprehend him, and bring him to Israel to stand trial.

Without the technology like the Internet and orbiting spy satellites, Eichmann was located in a poor section of Buenos Aries, working in a Mercedes plant. Without a Seal team with night-vision goggles, a small group of men kidnapped him as he stepped off a bus and spirited him away. One major difference is that Eichmann was given a public trial before he was executed. The remains of both men were dropped in the ocean to make it impossible for sympathizers to erect a memorial.
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LibraryThing member lilibrarian
The true story of how a group of Israels tracked down the Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann and brought him to trial in Israel.
LibraryThing member acargile
The Nazi Hunters: A Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb is a nonfiction account of the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the man who organized the concentration camps.

What an interesting book! Adolf Eichmann was in charge of the Jewish affairs for Hitler
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during World War II. When the war ended he successfully hid for four years in Germany before being smuggled to Argentina, a place known to sympathize with Nazis. Simon Wiesenthal's family died and he was severely abused in a concentration camp. He wanted justice for the Jewish people. When he learned who Adolf Eichmann was, he added him to his list of Nazis to bring to justice. The first step was finding a photo of Eichmann in order to identify him. A spy was used to befriend Eichmann's wife who still lived in Germany and his friends. Eventually photos were discovered by this spy. In 1956, a young girl, Sylvia Hermann, brought her boyfriend home to meet her family. His name was Nick Eichmann. He made derogatory comments about Jews, so they chose not to mention that they had Jewish ancestry. They drifted apart and Sylvia moved with her family to another town. While reading the newspaper, Sylvia read about the war crimes and the Nazis still at large. When she saw the name Adolf Eichmann, she and her father thought this could be Nick's father. They contacted the German prosecutor Fritz Bauer. These seemingly random events began the successful hunt for Eichmann.

What is most interesting about this book is the techniques used by the spies. They used the technology available to them successfully and were able to bring justice to a truly evil man. Eichmann believed that he was merely following orders like the people are doing who capture him. His captor replies that he is following orders to hunt down a criminal while Eichmann killed innocent people who were not in any war. You will find out all of the details including where his family is currently residing. if you like spy novels and are interested in World War II's criminals, this is a must read experience.
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LibraryThing member TeachrBkMom
perfect to pair with holocaust units; nominee for the 2016 Evergreen Book Awards
LibraryThing member rgruberexcel
RGG: Another young adult version of a previously published for adults non-fiction book. It's difficult to tell whether the intensity of the hunt and capture for Eichmann translates to young adult readers who don't have an intense exposure and connection to the Holocaust--just the multitude of names
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may be off putting to young adult readers. Reading Level: 12-YA; FP: Z.
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LibraryThing member cbl_tn
Some fifteen years after the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi official responsible for transporting millions of Jews to their deaths, was spotted in Argentina. After receiving a tip on Eichmann’s whereabouts, Israeli spies tried to confirm Eichmann’s identity. Their first attempt
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was inconclusive. Three years later, they tried again, and this time they positively identified the man as Eichmann. The Israelis then conceived of and launched a plan to kidnap Eichmann and take him to Israel to stand trial for his war crimes.

This is a revision of Bascomb’s Hunting Eichmann for a young adult audience. It’s a powerful, utterly absorbing account of the Israeli mission. The bibliography and notes provide evidence of Bascomb’s extensive archival research and interviews with participants. Photographs of documents and physical artifacts allow readers to view some of the physical evidence that eventually led to Eichmann’s conviction and execution. Bascomb successfully conveys the emotional impact of the Israeli mission. Unlike the operatives involved, many of whom suffered and lost close family members as result of Eichmann’s wartime actions, I can only claim a general feeling of loss to the extent that the Holocaust was a loss for all of humanity, and this account deeply stirred me.
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LibraryThing member claytondonhauser
Adolf Eichmann started his career in his late twenties to discover his work in which he would haft to endure through his life to come. yet at first, unlike many people say, he was shocked in what he discovered what the SS was doing to the Jews. Adolf soon grew to have a hatred for the Jewish race.
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He soon got married to a women who he hid the truth to his work that he discovered long ago. Once the war ended Adolf escaped the war criminal trial and found refugee in Argentina. Adolf soon got help and got his family smuggled over. Adolf was soon discovered and searched after by a Israel intelligence, and captured.
A very intriguing book this was and a very knowledgeable one as well. You (as known this review is directed to Mr. Poppe) would find that the aspect of the fact that we're in Germany and this is the place where some of the book is placed. Yet you, Mr. Poppe would rather read a different selection for the reason that your reading skill level and the lack of interest that is followed when someone reads juviniel book to them. So I would recommend a different selection for you, yet this book was a perfect selection for me.
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LibraryThing member JamesG.B1
This book covers ALOT of information about the Nazi political group and the holocaust. It talks mostly about Adolf Eichmann. Adolf Eichmann controlled whether the jews stayed alive or died. After the war, he becomes a war criminal, so he has to leave Germany. So he takes his family and moves out of
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the country. He joins the german population of Argentina. He is found by jewish spies and taken to Israel where he is executed. This book is just full of information. When I read the book it made me want to learn more about world war II. It is enjoyable to read. It just about lacks no information. It is full of surprises and attracted me. I went everywhere with this book. This book gets a whopping 5 out of 5.
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