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The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men Hardcover – October 28, 2014
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"A fast paced, important book about the Justice Department’s efforts to bring Nazi war criminals in the US to justice that also uses recently declassified facts to expose the secret, reprehensible collaboration of US intelligence agencies with those very Nazis." — Elizabeth Holtzman, United States House of Representatives (former)
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I knew about a few high-level Nazis who came to America, such as Wernher von Braun, but I had been under the impression that their numbers were small, and that they were the “better” Nazis. After reading Eric Lichtblau’s excellent book, THE NAZIS NEXT DOOR: HOW AMERICA BECAME A SAFE HAVEN FOR HITLER’S MEN, I find that I was wrong. There were thousands of them–and they weren’t just the “better” ones. Many were murderers: high-level SS officers responsible for carrying out the Holocaust, concentration camp commanders and guards, rocket scientists who worked thousands of slave workers to death.
How did this happen? As soon as the war ended, the US government wiped its collective memory clean of German atrocities and turned its attention to its new enemy–the Soviet Union. Almost overnight, anyone who was opposed to Communism was America’s friend. And no one was more anti-Communist than the Nazis. The CIA, the military, and the FBI employed Hitler’s murderers as spies. Other government agencies employed German scientists and engineers. Records of atrocities committed by these new American citizens were whitewashed, and they settled quietly into lives as good neighbors and ordinary folks throughout the country.
The author exposes this ugly piece of history based on exhaustive research, examination of documents released only recently, and interviews with a small group of Nazi hunters in our Department of Justice, who worked tirelessly to bring the most notorious of the Nazis to justice and to strip them of their American citizenship. A disturbing–yet excellent–book written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer is a must read for everyone interested in contemporary American history: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
For the first time, once-secret government records and interviews tell the full story not only of the Nazi scientists bought to America, but of the German spies and con men who followed them and lived for decades as ordinary citizens!! Only years after their arrival did private sleuths and government prosecutors begin trying to I.D. the hidden Nazis. But even then, American intelligence agencies secretly worked to protect a number of their prized spies from exposure. Today, a few Nazis still remain on our soil.
Investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau, relying on a trove of newly released documents, and scores of interviews with participants, in the little known chapter of post war history, tells the shocking and shameful story of how America became a safe haven for Hitler's men.