Review – The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski

The hunt for high-ranking Nazis after the second world war is one of those periods of history about which I thought I had at least some knowledge. Probably the most famous of the Nazi hunters is Simon Wiesenthal, an Austrian jew who survived the concentration camps, and determined to hunt down the people responsible for the deaths of so many jews.

The book sets out to dispel some of the myths, or stories which are out there about the Nazi hunters. It focuses on some of the lesser-known – to me at least – characters, and purports to tell the ‘true story’ of some of the famous events like the capture of Eichmann, amongst others.

Generally speaking, it is an informative book, although I found that it could get repetitive at times, as it covered an extended period of time between the end of the second world war and approximately 2013. It is more the story of the people who did the Nazi hunters, rather than the hunting themselves, and as such can take a bit of reading.

While the book is obviously well-researched and written, with more references than you can poke a stick at, I don’t think it was something I would go out of my way to read again. I suppose I would recommend it to people with a serious interest in the subject, or a connection to the story.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

3/5 stars

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