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The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi, by Neal Bascomb

17168240The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi
Neal Bascomb
2013 by Arthur A. Levine Books
ISBN –  9780545430999
Genre – Narrative Nonfiction
Age – High School
4.2 Stars

After the end of World War II, a man named Adolf Eichmann disappeared. This man was the head of operations for the Nazi’s Final Solution. He was the man responsible for gathering up Jewish people, sending them to work camps and concentration camps, and ordering them to be tortured and killed. Many years after he vanished, a team of six spies kidnapped him and returned him to Israel to stand trial and be held accountable for his crimes against humanity.

This book was gripping, despite the fact that it is history that has already been set in stone. I for one did not know any of the details about how Eichmann came to stand trial. Throughout the story I was full of suspense and excitement. I felt as if a piece of me was there as very important history was being made. The fact that much of this story was told through quotes and first hand accounts, made it much more touching. To see these events unfold through the eyes of those who had suffered so immensely at Eichmann’s hands was heart wrenching. It made everything feel more, just more. The photographs also added something extra, the expressions on the faces of the men on their mission, not to mention the setting of the safe house, the courtroom, Eichmann’s homes really made me feel like I was experiencing this book, not just reading it. This book is one of the reasons why narrative nonfiction for teens are one of my favorite genres.

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