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A very original book
on 31 January 2004
I have to admit, when I first saw this book, I HAD to buy it because it covers an area which is generally under-researched in Western literature. It skilly describes the escape route for many Nazis and their non-German collaborators after WW2. It is interesting to note how 100's escaped to Juan Peron's pro-Nazi Argentina, including members of the Belgian Rexist Party, French Vichy Regime and Croatian Ustashi.
It also demonstrates Pope Pius XII's connection to the Nazi escape routes, to a great degree organised by Catholic clergymen, such as Father Krunoslav Draganovic and Father Alois Hudal. Those who constantly claim that the highest elements of the Catholic Church weren't anti-Semitic and didn't support the Nazis are kidding themselves and are obviously refusing to acknowledge the truth, even when it slaps them in the face.
There is extensive evidence in Goni's book but also other books, such as Vladimir Dedijer's "Yugoslav Auschwitz", clearly demonstrating that members of the Croatian Ustashi were personally blessed by Pius himself in 1941 and unofficially supported the Ustashi's genocide of Serbs, Jews and Romanies in the Independent State of Croatia. So much for Catholic "morality" and "values".
I strongly recommend this book and the only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars is because there are a FEW points in the book where it becomes slightly tedious.