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Hunting Eichmann: Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi
 
 

Hunting Eichmann: Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi [Kindle Edition]

Neal Bascomb
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'There's no greater satisfaction than seeing someone guilty of great evil being brought to justice, and few people in history have been guilty of more than Adolf Eichmann. Neal Bascomb tells the story of his capture with great verve and a novelist's eye for suspense.' Adam Hochschild.

'It's an extraordinary gripping and disturbing read' Mail on Sunday.

'A riveting and passionate account of one of history's most fascinating - and morally significant - secret operations' Michael Oren.

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'There's no greater satisfaction than seeing someone guilty of great evil being brought to justice, and few people in history have been guilty of more than Adolf Eichmann. Neal Bascomb tells the story of his capture with great verve and a novelist's eye for suspense.' Adam Hochschild. 'It's an extraordinary gripping and disturbing read' Mail on Sunday. 'A riveting and passionate account of one of history's most fascinating - and morally significant - secret operations' Michael Oren.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 756 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (14 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009S8HB3E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,633 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story of the hunt for justice 31 Jan 2010
By Stephen Midgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is a superbly researched and finely written account of the hunt for one of the most notorious of all Nazi criminals. Adolf Eichmann, the chief executive of Hitler's scheme for the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question", had managed to escape at the end of World War II and, with considerable ingenuity and by assuming various identities, continued to elude capture and finally settled in anonymity with his family in Argentina.

Neal Bascomb builds the story and the excitement with meticulous care, first of all outlining Eichmann's central role in the Holocaust. By recounting the wartime experiences of some of the participants in the subsequent hunt, he tells us enough about the terrible effects on them and on their families to remind us, in case anyone needs reminding, of the reasons why justice had to be done. We are also given an insight into the Holocaust as seen from Eichmann's point of view. In his memoirs, quoted by Bascomb, he describes himself as "a faithful, decent, correct, conscientious, and enthusiastic member of the SS ..... inspired solely by idealistic feelings towards the fatherland to which I had the honour of belonging". Chilling words in this context - and indeed, as we see later in the story, although he settled in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and did his ingenious best to live in obscurity under the alias of Ricardo Klement, he still managed to educate three of his sons Horst, Dieter and Klaus ("Nick") in his hateful philosophy, to the extent that we are left in little doubt that, given half a chance, they would gladly have followed in their father's footsteps.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid piece of historical reporting. 13 Mar 2010
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Neal Bascomb does a wonderful job of working through the intricacies of the hunting, capture, and trip to Israel of Adolf Eichmann from his hiding place in Argentina. Various governments, agencies, and individuals had been hunting Eichmann since he vanished in Germany in 1945. He went into hiding within Germany and Austria, helped out by Nazi-sympathisers, and eventually made his way to Argentina - and safe haven - in 1950, where he took a new identity as Ricardo Klement. He brought his family over from Germany at about the same time, but always worked menial jobs.

Rumors floated around about Eichmann's whereabouts during the 1950's, placing him everywhere from Syria to Egypt to Argentina. He was eventually tracked down in the late 50's and the Israeli government made the decision to bring him to trial in Israel for his war crimes.

Bascomb's book is a vivid tale of this capture, by alternating between Eichmann's life in Argentina and the Mossad's work in tracking him down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding 1 Jun 2012
By webber
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Initially I found this book something of a slow starter, and made the mistake of thinking i'd be plodding away with it for a good few weeks. Wrong. Bascomb does an excellent job of changing gears and taking the story another level. Brilliantly paced, I found this a gripping read - one of those books which leaves you promising yourself: 'just one more chapter, and I'll go to bed'. Well, I ended up doing that all the way to the end. I cannot praise this work, or the author, highly enough: a great job on a story that is almost unbelievable with its twists and turns, and one I shall be returning to regularly to re-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 29 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
I bought this book in the airport en-route to Florida just looking for something to read on the long flight. In summary it's a ripping yarn that I couldn't put down and it certainly helped to pass the time. The book starts with some background on Eichman and his role in the 'final solution' before outlining how he escaped capture after the war and eventual escape to Argentina. The final part of the book gives extensive detail on the Mossad operation to capture him and bring him to justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping behind the scenes tale 11 July 2011
Format:Paperback
This well-written book details the entire operation to seek out, capture and bring to trial this notorious Nazi. The first 70 plus pages describe just how Eichmann evaded capture after the war and is helpful to paint the portrait of this man and set the importance of the later capture and trial. False leads and lucky escapes eventually were not enough to deter the hunters and after the capture there are even more interesting chapters on Eichman's reaction and seeming lack of remorse or guilt. A haunting picture of just how ordinary Eichman was. There are also a few pages of b&w photos in this edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic true boys own adventure! 22 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hunting Eichmann is an edge of the seat tense adventure story, and made all the more exciting when you realize that this is a true account of the life and eventual death of a notorious nazi killer. There is no more greater satisfaction than seeing someone of great evil being made to pay for his crimes and few people in history have been guilty of more crimes than Adolf Eichmann. He was the operational manager of the genocide that saw the dispatch and murder of some six million jews during the second world war. In style and content this is a very easy book to read, absorb and accept, at no time are you bombarded with heavy historical facts that could detract from the readability and boys own story telling of the book. Eichmann escaped from Germany at the end of the war and soon made his way to Argentina where he lived in relative obscurity for a number of years. His wife and sons joined him at a later date and the family were always blind to criticism aimed at Eichmann. For such an evil man Adolf Eichmann presented as an unassuming figure, there is no doubt that part of this was due to the fact that he wished to blend into his new surroundings and not draw attention to this evil past. But he had a price on his head and a team of Mossad agents, when they confirmed that it was indeed Eichmann living in Buenos Aires, masterminded a simple yet ingenious plot to "grab" Eichmann, keep him hostage and then disguised as an El Al official smuggle him on board an Israeli jet bound for Tel Aviv. You can feel the tension from the moment Eichmann is taken and during his long flight back to receive the justice he so richly deserved, the journey home was filled with danger and the flight arrived in Tel Aviv with just moments of fuel to spare...Phew!!! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story
Published 1 month ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with unbeleivable detail and reads like a top end thriller
Very impressed with this book. Packed with unbeleivable detail and reads like a top end thriller. I'm very fussy but would heartily recommend this to historians and the curious... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr A Van Meer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Explaining the Nazi mindset.
Very well put together. Well written and gives a clear account of how Nazi war criminals sought to escape justice and were under the impression that they were always right and the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Clive King
5.0 out of 5 stars Domocracy
Loved reading it, Thinking back to how the Jews,(and not only the Jews, but any person who disagreed the Nazi philosophy, were treated during the working outside the law by state... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hans
4.0 out of 5 stars book
i liked this book , it was like a thriller ,only in fact . it was also a long read which i like so it was a really good buy , i would recommend this book if you are looking for... Read more
Published 8 months ago by nori
4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling narrative that often has the feel of a novel
Hunting Eichmann focuses on the hunt for and capture of Eichmann, concentrating on the period from the end of the Second World War up until his arrival in Israel for trial. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rob Kitchin
5.0 out of 5 stars Historically informative yet has a thriller novel's pace
I thought I knew the Eichmann story before I read this.
It is an exciting read no doubt, but it manages to condense a lot of history into the narrative - both wartime and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
Fantastic read. Now you can understand why Israel wanted to hunt him down and the length their Mossad agents went to in order to get him.
Published 14 months ago by Adam
4.0 out of 5 stars Post war true stories
A very interesting book about what happened to one of the leading Nazi war criminals who escaped justice after the war had just ended and was captured at a later date after a long... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joan Ebbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel the Tension Building
Remember watching bits of the trial in the 60's, and recall the pathetic figure of Eichmann, in his horn-rimmed glasses and his twitchy eye,
stuck in that glass cage in the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. John Frank Herbert
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