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Starred Review. Walters, a former Times of London journalist, flaunts his WWII expertise in a stunning account that trails some of the most elusive Nazi war criminals of the twentieth century. Following the war, many Nazis evaded capture and went into hiding, seemingly "without a trace." Walters debunks this myth through interviews, meticulous research, and a vast historical knowledge that exposes an array of people who aided these criminals in their flight from justice. In many cases, such as that of Franz Stangl, the former head of Treblinka extermination camp, war criminals, and the families waiting to join them in exile, hardly bothered to hide their whereabouts. Walters recreates the getaway techniques of their helpers and unearths some of the best-kept secrets of our time: it wasn't merely Nazi intelligence that aided the escape of these infamous criminals, he suggests, but a range of people, from Catholic hierarchy to U.S. and British intelligence operatives. Walters argues that greed, laziness, and the sheer number of war criminals may have overwhelmed the already-overworked intelligence services, allowing many former high-ranking Nazis to live in comfort all over the world, sometimes for decades. This well-researched and exquisitely executed volume is also an exhilarating read. Photos.
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ISBN-10:  0767928733
ISBN-13:  978-0767928731
Author:  Guy Walters
Genre:  Nonfiction
Publisher:  Broadway
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As the hot World War against fascism segued into the long Cold War against communism with barely a breath between, the effort to catch and punish the cowardly criminals who survived the Third Reich was a well-publicized but underwhelming effort.  In truth, after most wars in human history there is usually little will, energy, or resources left to devote to bring retribution and justice to war criminals of the recent past.  Even the definition of "war crimes" is a shaky foundation …
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