- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1st Edition edition (October 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547669194
- ISBN-13: 978-0547669199
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 165 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
The actions of the CIA, FBI & the Department of Justice are equally disturbing & murky. Bureaucracy at its worst & "white washing".
But in the end the spirit of justice in several individuals prevailed. They unearthed painful facts. Eric Lichtblau is one of them. He is presenting the results to the general public in a fair & balanced way.
I am sure that Werner von Braun was a driving force in the space race to the moon. I am not sure that he was essential As for the other Nazis who found their way to the United States, it was clear that their knowledge and contacts were essential in the espionage activities of the CIA. However they were expendable after their usefulness had faded. It makes one wonder about the ethics of the CIA and United States military establishment.
A thoughtful analysis or mid -Twentieth Century history.
You can't help but share his righteous indignation with the scum that infested America after the war and, I'm sorry to say, condemn the US for its coddling of Nazi criminals after the war. The bombshell is that not only did the USA not push to eliminate Nazis and their bootlickers and enablers, but it actually did so while denying the victims access to American citizenship. What a disgrace!
It has to be said that the eBook is excellent in that it included the illustrations, has a wonderful index and is easy to navigate.