Bascomb, N. (2013). The Nazi hunters: How a team of spies and survivors captured the world’s most notorious Nazi (1st ed.). New York, NY: Arthur A. Levine Books. ISBN 13: 9780545430999. Hardcover. $13.51.
Annotation: The greatest world war is over, but Adolf Eichmann is on the run for war crimes in Argentina. Captured and taken to Israel, Eichmann faces the trial of a century, watched by the world.
The hunt is on. Sixteen years after WWII, the high-ranking Nazis who hadn’t died in the war or by their own hand, are on the run. Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi in charge of the “Final Solution” was caught on a bus in Argentina and then taken to Israel to be put on trial for his for fifteen crimes, including war crimes against the Jewish people and crimes against humanity. The capture of Eichmann happened through an extraordinary set of events, involving a blind Argentinian man and his daughter, the Israeli spies connected to the war, and Eichmann’s family. The Eichmann trial not only made the Holocaust real to non-believers but made Nazis human.
One of the great things about The Nazi hunters is that it gives the reader some form of closure, which does not always happen when many of the higher ranking Nazis, like Joseph Goebbels, and Adolf Hitler himself were conditioned to take their own lives. This YA version of the novel Hunting Eichmann also by Neal Bascomb still gives the narrative of the real people involved in the “hunt” while also including court documents, pictures, and transcripts while still maintaining a format for teens. The reason I picked the hardback version is because this book is beautifully formatted with full contrasting color pages and pictures, which makes it worth the higher price to buy. I feel like the book would be great for teens who love history or understanding the minds of those involved or who suffered through WWII.
Awards: Sydney Taylor Book Award for Teen Readers (2014), Alabama Library Association Children’s Book of the Year Nominee for 6-8 Nonfiction (2014), Society of Midland Authors Award for Children’s Nonfiction (2014), YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2014)
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