The Nazi Hunters [NOOK Book]

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A thrilling spy mission, a moving Holocaust story, and a first-class work of narrative nonfiction.

In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to ...
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Overview

A thrilling spy mission, a moving Holocaust story, and a first-class work of narrative nonfiction.

In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century's most important trials -- one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination.

THE NAZI HUNTERS is the thrilling and fascinating story of what happened between these two events. Survivor Simon Wiesenthal opened Eichmann's case; a blind Argentinean and his teenage daughter provided crucial information. Finally, the Israeli spies -- many of whom lost family in the Holocaust -- embarked on their daring mission, recounted here in full. Based on the adult bestseller HUNTING EICHMANN, which is now in development as a major film, and illustrated with powerful photos throughout, THE NAZI HUNTERS is a can't-miss work of narrative nonfiction for middle-grade and YA readers.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Adapting his 2009 book, Hunting Eichmann, Bascomb makes accessible to teens the story of tracking and bringing to justice Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi war criminal. The cast—Germans, secret Israeli operatives, Jewish volunteers, El Al airline employees, and Eichmann's family—is huge, though made easier to track with a list at the beginning. Bascomb tells the story as the spy thriller it is, with constant switches from Eichmann's life to his pursuers, as he flees the approaching Allies and then Germany. Ending up in a poor district of Buenos Aires, Eichmann had sent for his wife and four sons. Each day he plodded to his job at a Mercedes factory, a far cry from his former life as a Nazi officer in charge of transporting Jews from their homes to death camps. His cover is blown when his oldest son's girlfriend invites the son to dinner and her Jewish father becomes suspicious. From then on, suspense builds as Eichmann is tracked, captured, flown to Israel, and finally tried for his crimes and executed in 1962. Bascomb stresses the agents' surprise that Eichmann lived such a desultory life and appeared so resigned to obeying their orders. The author believes that the major effect of the trial, testimony of witnesses, and Eichmann's denial of guilt was not Hannah Arendt's concept of the "banality of evil," but the opening it gave for Holocaust survivors to tell their painful stories to the world. Many formerly reluctant countries were then moved to pursue war criminals and bring them to justice. Well-researched and provided with notes, Bascomb's account, with its black-and-white period photos, will help teens understand World War II and the Holocaust, and may inspire further research about the war's atrocities, intelligence agencies, and the emergence of the state of Israel. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—The author of the adult book Hunting Eichmann (Houghton, 2009) tells the harrowing story of the Israeli agents responsible for tracking down Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi leader who orchestrated the extermination of six million Jews. In the years following World War II, many Jews were involved in attempts to find Nazi war criminals who had gone into hiding all over the globe and bring them to trial. Eichmann was a prime target, but no one had heard anything about him for years until an offhand comment in a letter led to a seven-year saga that involved a diverse cast including Mossad agents, regular citizens, and politicians, all with the single purpose of capturing this man. From cafés in Buenos Aires to the halls of the fledgling Israeli government, from false identities to secret drops, this story has all the hallmarks of a spy novel. Bascomb has a knack for turning complex detail into a suspenseful, heart-pounding narrative. Every face is catalogued, every procedure thoroughly outlined, every moment accounted for in this tale that requires patience and perseverance; at times it unfolds at a breakneck pace and at others, it is tantalizingly slow. The author depicts Eichmann as more than just a soulless Nazi monster and target; he is also seen as a father and husband, giving this account some balance. The depth of research in this fine work is evident in the level of information provided and in the extensive bibliography and source notes. An excellent choice for libraries looking to extend their World War II and Jewish history collections.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545562393
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 51,977
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    I had never heard of Adolf Eichmann until I read this book. The

    I had never heard of Adolf Eichmann until I read this book. The Nazi Hunters was a fascinating account of a powerful Nazi, his attempt to hide from justice, and the team of men that risked everything to find him.

    Like most non-fiction, this book had a lot of people in it. I had a hard time keeping everyone straight in my head and remembering who was who. There were a couple of places where the excess of details almost killed the suspense, but only momentarily. Overall, I found the book to be highly interesting, educational, and gripping. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat as the team sat on the side of the road waiting to grab Eichmann.

    There were a lot of things that I didn't know about until I read The Nazi Hunters. I didn't know that the Holocaust survivors didn't really talk about their experiences once the war ended. I didn't know that the anti-Jewish sentiment was still alive and strong, and that the threat of history repeating itself was very real. Eichmann's capture and public trial were crucial to bringing to light the horrors of the holocaust and educating the public—especially the younger generation.

    Verdict: Fantastic read for anyone!

    Content: Descriptions of crimes against the Jewish people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    This book is amazing

    I just got the sample and i am alredy hooked. i can eait to read more. If u like books like this u shoould bye it and read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Cant wait to read!

    This book sounds great! I cant wait to read it!

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