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The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi Hardcover – August 27, 2013


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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; 1 edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545430992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545430999
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 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, MAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

This true story of a group of Jewish men brought together to capture and bring to justice a notorious Nazi war criminal takes place 15 years after the end of WWII. Adolf Eichmann, who had been in charge of eradicating the 725,000 Jews from Hungary and was discovered living in Argentina, became the target of the Mossad, a new Israeli secret service intelligence agency. Eichmann’s capture proved to be a hair-raising maneuver, as the Argentinians were not sympathetic to the cause, and any slight misstep could result in irreparable damage to both this endeavor and to the Israeli government. Bascomb has shortened and changed much of the language of his successful 2009 adult title Hunting Eichmann, but kept every bit of the suspense. This version includes a “list of participants” at the beginning to assist readers in keeping straight the many individuals involved in the scheme. This is a splendid example of fascinating storytelling blended with significant historical events. Periodic black-and-white photos expand the account. Grades 7-10. --Randall Enos

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Well written and thoroughly researched.
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Based on a true story, this book is an extreme thriller.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rhoda S. Sutton on October 23, 2013
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As someone who loves history I felt his very difficult subject was handled very well especially if sharing with younger readers such as middle or high school age kids. Well done!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sunday Cummins on December 12, 2013
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Neal Bascomb has written a gripping account of an international effort to capture Adolf Eichmann – the SS official who basically visualized, organized, and ran the Holocaust. Eichman disappeared for over a decade and, while Europe and the U.S. got caught up in the Cold War, a tenacious few kept hunting for ex-Nazi officials who were responsible for the murder of millions of Jews and others. In a spy-like, action packed text, the author tells the story of how Eichman was discovered in Argentina, kept under surveillance and then captured through an elaborate plan by an international team led by the Israelis.

What struck me were some of the thematic threads that ran through the book -

Everyone involved (and there were dozens) had lost a relative in the Holocaust and was still suffering the loss (why wouldn’t they be?) – this served as motivation, but also as an energy that sometimes had to be suppressed in order to pull off the mission successfully;
Even when world powers like the U.S., Europe, and even Germany lost focus on pursuing these criminals, a tenacious few – a lawyer in Germany, leaders in Israel, every day people in Argentina including a teenage girl – continued this pursuit.
To pull off this mission, meticulous care had to be taken as well as innovation – disguise, caution, use of new technology, etc. As well, collective thinking and collaboration and trust played an important role in the mission.

Beautiful. Well written and thoroughly researched. Actually, I found this in a bookstore and had not heard of Neal Bascomb. I immediately turned to the author’s note to check out his research and was impressed enough to pay.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina on December 22, 2013
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This is coming from a some what knowledgable 11 year old girl, but I absolutely LOVED this book. I have always been fascinated with WWII and I finally found another book about it. I really like how it explains the capture of the less famous, but much more evil of a person, Adolf Eichmann, who I never knew existed. I also cannot believe how he stayed in hiding for 15 years until his capture. This book was a SMASHING read. I thought there was not a single part of the book that was boring or not interesting. I kept turning the pages on my iPad to see what would happen next. I can tell you, I really enjoyed this book and if you are interested in WWII and want a good book to read about it, choose this book to read. I highly recommend this book! I would also like to say thank you for writing it!

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Format: Hardcover
It’s not difficult to see man’s innate desire for justice to be serve when an act of evil has been perpetrated. It can be in a call for injustice when the perpetrator is not caught, or when the punishment given is too minute for the crime committed. Similarly, after the Holocaust, the Jews no doubt wanted justice to be served. And this book is about how the Israelis tried to capture one of the person responsible for the genocide at Auschwitz — Adolf Eichmann.

Neal Bascomb has research and entire a book to showcase the whole story to the whole world how they managed to accomplish this mammoth task.

Bascomb first starts by giving the readers an introduction to the main character of this book. He briefly talks about his what Eichmann has done in the Second World War, and also his determination towards the extermination of the Jewish people.

Next, he traces out what happens after the Second World War have ended, how Eichmann evaded capture and escaped to South America. Next Bascomb, leads the reader with the same clues that led the Israelis to the eventual capture of Eichmann.

This book gives great insight and details about the thoughts of the leaders and operators who were involved in the operation. The book is very readable and can easily be finished in one or two reading. I especially like how the author elaborated on what happened during the time Eichmann was kept at the safe house before smuggling him out of Argentina.

Bascomb shows the world an important message that the world should not forget, that we are a people who is capable of great evil, yet we have a deep resolve to see justice met out however we can.

Recommended for anyone who’s interested in this topic or are interested in the inside details of espionage operations. This book will give you an insider look into these two matters.

Rating: 4 / 5
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Format: Hardcover
You should read the Nazi Hunters because it is an amazing story of one of the most ruthless Nazis and how he escaped justice for twenty years but then was brought to justice by a group of Israeli agents. Adolf Eichmann was the commander of Jewish affairs for the Nazis. As such, he was in charge of persecuting, transporting, and executing Jews. He was also responsible for the four million jews and other minorities that died under his control. In 1945 Eichmann fled Europe without a trace, after the allies advanced into France and it was clear Germany would lose the war. Twenty years later the Israeli intelligence agency, Tel Aviv, received a tip that Eichmann was living Argentina. Tel Aviv sent a team of agents to find, identify, capture and return Eichmann to Israel to face an Israeli court. This book is very well written and keeps your attention throughout. The details of the planning and execution of this mission are fascinating and make it clear the author did a lot of research before writing this book. It remains amazing to me how seemingly normal people living among us can be responsible for such terrible things. I enjoyed this book would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in WWII or covert government actions.

Michael N., 8th grade review
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