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Hunting Evil is a model of meticulous, courageous and pathbreaking scholarship. -- The Literary Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The material covered in the book is interesting, though sometimes rather convoluted, and difficult to follow. There is a lot of detail in this 600 odd page book, and it is not for the faint-hearted. I bought the book for more detail about what happened to the Nazi criminals, and how some of them were caught and brought to justice or not as the case often seems to be. I am not confident that I can express the views that most governments were complicit in not following up Nazi sightings, based purely on Guy Walters findings. I feel somehow that he has too many axes to grind I may be wrong.
I found the book heavy going, though it did provide some insights to some of the famous criminals- Menegle, Bormann, The Butcher of Lyon, and perhaps the most famous the capture and ultimate execution of Adolf Eichmann
An interesting read.
Well known nazi hunters like Simon Wiesenthal are examined and found less than honest in their accounts. The role of the Catholic Church and Peron's Argentina - the destination of many/most nazi war criminals is made crystal clear. Did the Pope know and help?
This is not a book to be read in one go and it is certainly not to savoured. I sometimes got defeated by all the detail and found myself constantly referring back to the notes and a map of Europe and South America. In his intention not to be speculative I sometimes found myself thinking what is he not telling us? Though even more would be already too much.
Not a book for the faint hearted and holocaust deniers but essential reading for anyone interested in how we keep tabs on, find and deal with an uprising of fascist, racist, fanatical zealots and mass murderers.
Firstly, Mr.Walters destroys a sacred myth by demonstrating that the famous Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal was a blatant liar and fabricated much of his own past and his so-called success in hunting down 1200 Nazi criminals.In reality,the number was barely one percent of this figure.
It seems that Wiesenthal was an egomaniac and a big one and he always wanted to take credit for things he was not responsible for.
Then he examines another myth:that of the existence of the organization called 'ODESSA', whose purpose was to assist ex-Nazis everywhere.This term was nothing but an umbrella term for a number of such organizations-many of which are described in the book for the first time.
Mr. Walters has travelled the escape routes themselves, has talked to Nazi hunters and Nazi criminals in Rome and Vienna, has consulted many written and oral sources in many countries and the result is a fatastic book you will not be able to put down easily.
He describes famous cases of well-known criminals and their fate:Franz Stangl,Mengele,Eichmann,Ante Pavelic, who was the head of the Croatian puppet state;Klaus Barbie and former SD officer Heinz Felfe and the fate of Herbert Cukurs,the hangman of Riga, who was responsible for the murder of 30000 men,women and children.This last case is less known and reads like a thriller.Read more ›
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A disturbing but true book, which shows that in many cases justice was done, but that a surprising number either got off too lightly or were never brought to justice. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ivan
A difficult read sometimes, but a story that needs to be told. Catch the programmes on the History channel as wellPublished 7 months ago by Mrs Gina Wyatt
Thoroughly researched and interesting at times but like many other reviewers I can't help but feel that there is a tighter more engaging book in here somewhere, perhaps with a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dr. M. Rologas
Asks alot of questions, slighty disturbing if all accounts were true!!Published 16 months ago by Glyn Wiltshire
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