Book Review: The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski

March 23, 2017

The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski is a non-fiction book which tells of the people who took it upon themselves to bring former to Nazis to justice. Mr. Nagorski was an editor for Newsweek and is an award wining journalist and author.

  • 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476771863

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The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski tells the story of the people who hunted Nazis to bring them to justice after World War II. Those of us who finished high-school probably know about Hitler committing suicide in the bunker, those of us who take the time to educate ourselves (or took some college history courses) we heard or read about the Nuremberg trials, but not much afterwards.

After the Nuremberg trials the world moved on, but not the people the author writes about. The Nazi hunters were seeking justice against those in charge of killing millions of innocent people systematically, all this while their hunt fell out of headlines and out of people’s minds who simply wanted to move on after a decade of horrors.

Mr. Nagorski makes it a point, throughout the book, that we should be careful not to label the Nazi leadership as “monsters”, but as committing “‘monstrous acts in the name of a monstrous system, but labeling him a monster lets too many others off the hook and ignores how easily tyrannical regimes can enlist average citizens in their criminal behavior.”

This is an important book, a history book which is well researched and brings forth the efforts of many people to bring justice, and not induce vengeance. The author expertly presents the reasons for each Nazi hunter to continue their difficult, and often ungrateful, task. The author profiles the Nazi hunters themselves, as well as some of the Nazi leaders who they’ve been hunting.

The book does not skip around or tell the story chronologically, but is factual, sometimes dry and academic. That is not a criticism, the book is much like reading great investigative journalism articles in newspapers, gathered together into a book. The author did a great job researching, but this is not a thriller.

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