Sunday, June 3, 2012

Book 6: Hunting Eichmann by Neal Bascomb

In a Christian theology class that I had to take (I shouldn’t have picked a Catholic school) we had to read The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal.  There was a brief bio of the author in the book that talked about his role in capturing Adolph Eichmann, one of the most notorious Nazis who eluded captivity for decades.  So when I ran across this book in my mom’s store shortly after finishing the course, it seemed like a sign to read it.

After the war Adolph Eichmann fled to Argentina from Germany with his wife and children, where he worked menial jobs and tried to keep out of sight from enemy agents.  In Argentina this was not too much of a problem, there were plenty of Nazi sympathizers who would help him escape justice.  Due to the tireless efforts of researchers, politicians, and the Mossad, he was eventually brought to trial for his participation in the Final Solution.  Most of the book contains information that has not been released before—even the participants were unable to acknowledge their role in Eichmann’s capture for years. 

To say anymore than that is unnecessary, you are either the type that enjoys books like this or you aren’t.  Bascomb had the opportunity to tell a story that had not been detailed before and he made it as intense as any fiction thriller.  I knew how this was going to end but was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it.  

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