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Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi [Format Kindle]

Neal Bascomb

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'There's no greater satisfaction than seeing someone guilty of great evil being brought to justice, and few people in history have been guilty of more than Adolf Eichmann. Neal Bascomb tells the story of his capture with great verve and a novelist's eye for suspense.' Adam Hochschild.

'It's an extraordinary gripping and disturbing read' Mail on Sunday.

'A riveting and passionate account of one of history's most fascinating - and morally significant - secret operations' Michael Oren. --Reviews.

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Hunting Eichmann is the first complete narrative of a relentless and harrowing international manhunt.

When the Allies stormed Berlin in the last days of the Third Reich, Adolf Eichmann shed his SS uniform and vanished. Following his escape from two American POW camps, his retreat into the mountains and out of Europe, and his path to an anonymous life in Buenos Aires, his pursuers are a bulldog West German prosecutor, a blind Argentinean Jew and his beautiful daughter, and a budding, ragtag spy agency called the Mossad, whose operatives have their own scores to settle (and whose rare surveillance photographs are published here for the first time). The capture of Eichmann and the efforts by Israeli agents to secret him out of Argentina to stand trial is the stunning conclusion to this thrilling historical account, told with the kind of pulse-pounding detail that rivals anything you'd find in great spy fiction. 

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 409 pages
  • Editeur : Mariner Books; Édition : Reprint (20 avril 2010)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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52 internautes sur 54 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Gripping Tale Well Told 9 mars 2009
Par J. Connelly - Publié sur Amazon.com
Bascomb's "Hunting Eichmann" is a revelation, a light shone in dark and hidden corners, for those of us who were electrified by the news of his capture back in 1960. Israel was little more than a decade old at that point, and the stunning victory of June 1967 remained in the future. Bascomb's access to the dwindling band of operatives who planned and executed this master stroke of international justice is a real service to modern history. These actors were both dedicated and self-effacing in their service to justice for the slaughtered millions. It is good to know their names and see their faces.

Their persistence in the face of many false trails and of skepticism that justice would or could ever be done, their self-control in bringing Eichmann to trial, the loathing and dread they felt in his presence, banal as that presence was (whether taking his picture in close-up surveillance or sitting next to him on the El Al escape flight) -- these and much more are compellingly conveyed by Bascomb. I was particularly struck by Bascomb's ability to hold so many narrative threads in his hand and to play them out so clearly and in a way that left the reader engaged. One got a sense of both operational detail and high politics: The dreary, cold, rainy surveillance outpost on the railroad embankment above Eichmann's house; dealing with capricious banana-republic police; pushing the technical limits of the aircraft that spirited the criminal out of Buenos Aires; the scenes with Ben-Gurion and Meir; the Nazi underworld and its enablers in Peronist Argentina; the indifference of the Adenauer government in Bonn (indifference to everything but maintaining its myth of de-Nazification); the high dudgeon in Germany and Argentina over the supposed defects of a trial that neither state had any interest in initiating; and finally Eichmann's trial and the execution of sentence and disposal of Eichmann's corpse -- one could go on, but the point is that Bascomb has gathered these disparate element, structured them as a compelling narrative, and grips his reader from the very first page. I had the simultaneous feelings that I wanted to read pell-mell to the end and at the same time I didn't want to reach the final page and the end of the book's revelations of what really happened.

In a larger sense, Bascomb has written an overdue tribute to these daring Israelis and their personal self-restraint (many lost their families in the Holocaust) and to the dignified sense of high justice the Israeli State brought to the whole affair. He does not use colorful or emotive prose, but lets the facts speak for themselves -- speak they do.

Please don't be put off by S.McGee's review, which seemed to me to miss most of the book's many virtues. (McGee is, in fact, right to use the words "subjective" and "quibble" about his review of the book.) I'm glad I read the book before I read that review, because it might have put me off.
42 internautes sur 46 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic book! 12 mars 2009
Par kmacq - Publié sur Amazon.com
I loved Hunting Eichmann. Bascomb has taken a subject that itself is both universally recognizable and relatively interesting, but has taken it to the next level by crafting a narrative that jumps off the page and keeps you up reading in a way that rivals the best spy thrillers. He has also researched the heck out of this - talking with people in four languages on three continents and getting the fascinating first-hand details that make a very good book into an unquestionably great one. One of the two or three best books I've read in the last year. Highly recommend.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Humanization of Adolf Eichmann 27 juillet 2011
Par R.M.T. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I very much enjoyed reading Mr. Bascomb's book. True to it's title, "Hunting Eichmann" offers a detailed accounting of the efforts of Mossad in tracking down, capturing, and bringing to justice the world's most wanted criminal at that time. The book is easily read, offers little known and detailed information and perspectives from the participants involved, and holds the reader's attention.

I was surprised that my perception of the Adolf Eichmann I thought I knew changed after reading this book. Since my teens in the late 1960's, I have read numerous books on the Third Reich and the Holocaust, including the great works of Sir Martin Gilbert, William Shirer, and Nazi insider Albert Speer. As a result, I saw Adolf Eichmann through a concrete looking glass... a 20th century boogey man; a black and white, one dimensional monster of epic proportions whose organizational skills, robotic ability to follow orders, and sociopathy made him a perfect choice for the tasks he eagerly carried out and was to eventually answer for.

Although the focus of this book was obviously the manhunt, Bascomb managed to humanize Eichmann through short biographical flashes, at least as much as one can humanize the inhumane. He did so by offering insight into the flawed man that Eichmann was... a true case study in contradictions: a ne'er do well who found ambition and drive at the worst possible moment. A philandering husband revered by his long-suffering wife. A stern father, both loved and respected by his sons. A man able to extinguish a million lives with the mere stroke of a pen, yet who shuddered at the prospect of his own execution. A once proud member of the Third Reich's inner circle who, within 15 years of the war's end, stood before his captors in "worn and dingy socks and underwear" while being searched after his capture. And it is this "humanization" of Adolf Eichmann that makes him truly terrifying.

***** Large segments of the trial of Adolf Eichmann have been made available by Yad Vashem on You-Tube ****
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Par Rick Shaq Goldstein - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"THE ACCUSED, DURING THE PERIOD FROM 1939 TO 1945, TOGETHER WITH OTHERS, CAUSED THE DEATHS OF MILLIONS OF JEWS AS THE PERSONS WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLAN OF THE NAZIS FOR THE EXTERMINATION OF THE JEWS, A PLAN KNOWN BY ITS TITLE *"THE FINAL SOLUTION OF THE JEWISH QUESTION.*"... this was part of the indictment brought by the State Of Israel against Adolf Eichmann on April 11, 1961 at 8:55 A.M. This intricately... historically detailed book tracks Eichmann from his days during the Holocaust as he despicably and callously... and with great personal pride... sets forth to wipe out every Jew in Europe. In a Hungarian ghetto Eichmann announced to Jewish prisoners: "JEWS: YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. WE WANT ONLY THE BEST FOR YOU. YOU'LL LEAVE HERE SHORTLY AND BE SENT TO VERY FINE PLACES INDEED." Those Jews were then forced into freight cars in which one entire village of one-hundred-three Jews were crammed into a single car that would have fit eight cows." The train of course led to one of many concentration camps where families were separated... and most... never saw each other again... as the chimneys of the crematoriums belched the smoke of Jewish death.

At the war's end Eichmann and many other Nazi's escaped from Germany and some were helped on their escape route by the Vatican. The author comprehensively re-creates the many twists and turns that lead to Eichmann's numerous living arrangements... under many different aliases... that eventually culminate in Argentina under the name of Ricardo Klement. During this time period the Nuremberg Trials take place... and there is a great deal of damning testimony regarding Eichmann that will be used against him down the road... such as the testimony by Lieutenant Colonel Brookhart who when asked "WAS ANY QUESTION ASKED BY YOU AS TO THE MEANING OF THE WORDS "FINAL SOLUTION" AS USED IN THE ORDER?" Brookhart answered: EICHMANN WENT ON TO EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT WAS MEANT BY THIS. HE SAID THAT THE PLANNED BIOLOGICAL ANNIHILATION OF THE JEWISH RACE IN THE EASTERN TERRITORIES WAS DISGUISED BY THE CONCEPT AND WORDING "FINAL SOLUTION." "Was anything said by you to Eichmann in regard to the power given him under this order?" "EICHMANN TOLD ME THAT WITHIN THE RSHA HE PERSONALLY WAS ENTRUSTED WITH THE EXECUTION OF THIS ORDER."

After almost fifteen-years of false leads and near misses Israel finally tracks Eichmann down... and here is where the author and story is relentless. Israel and the Mossad knew Argentina would not extradite Eichmann to Israel so Israel had to sneak an entire capture team into Argentina. The agents had to have multiple fake identities... one to get in from other countries... one to get out... and all the paperwork that would entail. They couldn't come in together... and how would they get him out? El Al airlines didn't fly into Argentina and it would be too risky by sea. When they captured Eichmann they had to keep him in a "safe-house" until the date of their ultra-risky exit strategy.

Being that I am part of the first post-Holocaust Jewish generation... I was raised with first hand stories of the Holocaust from my family and members of my community who bared the concentration camp serial numbers on their arms... so to me... one of the most chilling parts of the story is the fact that every member of the Jewish capture and "extradition" team had lost a large part if not all of their family... or were in concentration camps themselves... as a direct consequence of Eichmann during the Holocaust. The personal demons... and hatred... and revulsion... that each of them... though they already carried the horrors with them every day of their life... had it all multiplied by a million... in every pore of their body... when they were in the presence of the devil incarnate himself. Each individual had to restrain themselves from their immediate animal hunger of killing this genocidal debauchery of a thing G-d somehow put on earth. If you are Jewish you feel what they felt... that can't be given justice by mere words. One of the Mossad members who was tasked with grabbing Eichmann off the street and throwing him into a car... wore gloves... because he couldn't stomach touching his skin.

The reason the Israeli's did not simply execute him on the spot... is because... "HE WILL BE TRIED BY A JEWISH COURT IN A JEWISH STATE. HISTORY AND OUR PEOPLE'S HONOR... BOTH ARE AT STAKE."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Probably the most thorough coverage of the case 22 décembre 2009
Par Jaroslav Melgr - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Bascomb's book is a great read and probably the best and most thorough coverage of the capture of Adolf Eichmann -- a WWII war criminal and one of the worst perpetrators of the Holocaust. The story of tracking down Eichmann and his capture is one of the most fascinating and breathtaking adventures out there. The best part of it is that it's a real story that ends with Eichmann's capture.

There are several other books written on the subject, each of them has their own merit and are worth reading. For example, Isser Harel, the former MOSSAD chief in charge of the operation wrote a book about the case called "The House on Garibaldi Street." Harel's book gives an interesting insider's view of the operation, such as planning, weighing risks, making contingency plans, communication methods, execution of the plan, etc. Another book is by Peter Malkin, the MOSSAD agents who actually physically captured Eichmann in front of his house. Malkin's book is called "Eichmann in My Hands" and is also a very interesting read. Malkin's book adds a very personal touch to the story as Malkin lost immediate family members in the Holocaust. His account shows an interesting perspective of the field agent and his duties and participation in the operation. He also grew up in pre-WWII Palestine and learned some tough but valuable lessons in the streets of Palestine where Jews, Arabs, Turks and the British all mingled in pursuits of conflicting interests. Another fine book used by Bascomb is Uki Goni's work, namely his seminal work "The Real Odessa: How Peron Brought the Nazi War Criminals to Argentina." In it, Goni presents results of his research on how the Peron's government and Vatican (and with the knowledge of CIA which turned a blind eye to this) created "rat lines" or smuggling routes to help Nazis escape to Argentina after WWII.

What I really liked about Bascomb's book is how skillfully he used these and other accounts to combine them into a single, cohesive narrative. I thought he did a very nice job filling in the blanks and adding a lot of supplemental material to expand on the subject. Not only he covered the actual operation of Eichmann's capture, he also researched various archival documents from WWII, either from other captured Nazis, Nurnberg War trial investigations, Eichmann's own biography, documents from his trial, etc. to illustrate Eichmann's intent on destroying European Jewry even after being told by his superior to stop. Bascomb also includes Eichmann's account of his whereabouts at the end of WWII when the collapse of the Reich was imminent and how his own troops tried to distance themselves from him. Other interesting "fillers" included are Eichmann's correspondence with his family, his intentions and family affairs, etc. as well as Eichmann's escape to Argentina via Vatican's rat line.

All of it put together makes for a fascinating read. If this topic interests you and you only want to read one book on the subject, this is the book to read. I highly recommend this book.
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