Whilst this is the most revealing account of true atrocity on a huge scale, author Mark Felton has made this a compelling read. In so doing, there are two aspects of the work which will forever remain in the mind long after the book is finished. The first (which I accept may not be surprising to some) is that the hunt for Nazi war criminals goes on - and that from a conflict which came to an end in 1945. My point being that, even someone as young as 20 at that time (and, one might have presumed, with little or no authority at such a young age) would now be 86 years old. The second is that Felton actually recounts these worst possible examples the world has ever known of man's inhumanity to man in a manner which will shock even those who thought they knew the subject.
From my own childhood, I well remember seeing the trial of Adolf Eichmann on the news and seeing him sitting in a glass-sided cubicle in court. What I did not know was that the infamous doctor Josef Mengele died a free man or that Himmler's daughter appears to be a real `chip off the old block!'
In this well-crafted work, we learn of those who got light sentences, of those who were executed, of those who are currently awaiting trial, of those who died whilst awaiting trial, of those who are wanted and of those whose whereabouts remains unknown. One would like to think that a life on the run - where no place can ever be regarded as a safe haven, is in itself, its own form of imprisonment but, of course, that is not so.
Whilst the world is still a place where crimes against humanity still occur, we should all read this book in order to remind ourselves of what happens when a powerful nation places all their trust and all their rights into the hands of a despot.