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Nazis on the Run: How Hitler's Henchmen Fled Justice

3.21  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
In Nazis on the Run, historian Gerald Steinacher provides the true story of how the Nazis escaped their fate. Drawing on extensive research in newly opened archives, Steinacher not only reveals how Nazi war criminals escaped from justice at the end of the Second World War, fleeing through the Tyrolean Alps to Italian seaports, but he also highlights the key roles played by ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2008)
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Jun 11, 2011 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vine-book
While "Nazis on the Run" contains a great deal of interesting information, it is horribly disorganized. The author continually circles back to the same information, expands on it, wanders off into something else, circles back, etc. Also, what is with the endnotes? There is nothing more annoying than endnotes - having to constantly flip back and forth to check every reference. Why not do this: footnotes for the situations where more information is needed to expand on what is mentioned on the page ...more
Jeff Dawson
Feb 06, 2012 Jeff Dawson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Research enthusiasts
I always wondered how many of the high ranking Nazis escaped the clutches of the allied armies in occupied Europe. Gerald Steinacher makes a very compelling attempt on showing how they did.

There have been stories over the decades on how the Vatican was the sole machine used by those fleeing the hands of justice. How many realize how deeply involved the International Red Cross had a hand providing aide?

Dr. Steinacher mentions at the beginning that the book started out as a thesis. It is written

Nazis on the run provides a very clear although dry account of how Nazi higher ups escaped following World War II. While blaming most of the escape on the emergence of the Cold War and the hunt for better talent brought about by the German Scientific Revolution, the overall theme traces three major escape points for Nazis. The first was via the Red Cross and help through Italy where Nazi's lied and bribed their way to friendly countries. When that was not enough they enlisted the United States b
Elyce Feliz
Jan 02, 2012 Elyce Feliz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very badly organized and written -
Rob Kitchin
Nazis on the Run details through detailed archival research the escape routes and hiding places of Nazis and their collaborators, many of whom were wanted war criminals, in the aftermath of World War Two. In particular it concentrates on documenting the ‘ratlines’ through Austria, South Tyrol and Italy on to South America and the Middle East. South Tyrol proved to be an ideal place in which to lay low before being shepherded onwards because it had a large number of ethnic Germans who were techni ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, vine, non-fiction
As a well-researched, comprehensive analysis of the post war escape of Nazis, this book is a success. As an engaging, accessible study, this book fails. It easily could have been half the length if the author’s goal was to outline the main points, but the detail and extreme scrutiny was exhausting at times.

Here’s what you need to know (and I wouldn’t consider this a spoiler, because it’s known history):
-The first half outlines the role that organizations like the International Red Cross, The Vat
Aug 21, 2015 J.S. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii, vine
In the chaos of Europe following WWII, many Nazi's (even those guilty of war crimes) were able to escape arrest and prosecution. Both the US and USSR helped some to leave Europe because of their technical knowledge, but many of those not at the top of the Nazi organization and not as useful to the world powers ended up in South America and other destinations. Their stories of how they got there is surprising not only for the routes but also for the sheer number of those who managed to slip away. ...more
Jul 31, 2013 Marc94 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really 2.5 stars. I learned a bunch of new things from this book and it clearly came from a great deal of research, but it got a little repetitive at times and there was a bit of a struggle to finish it.
Sarah Mackey

Agree with other reviewers who said that the book seemed disorganised and came back on itself a number of times. Nonetheless a good account of how thousands of war criminals escaped justice in the chaos the followed the end of World War II in Europe.
Karima Sundarji
Jun 04, 2011 Karima Sundarji rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very scholarly written thesis. Well researched and intensely filled with facts but not for the casual reader
Sebastian Kwiatkowski
"Społeczeństwo, które potrafi się zmierzyć z mrocznymi epizodami w swojej historii, jest zdolne do wyciągania wniosków z przeszłości w celu kształtowania lepszej przyszłości, a cel ten był również powodem napisania niniejszej książki, do drobiazgowego udokumentowania historii sprawców i ówczesnych uwarunkowań politycznych, a także do wyjaśnienia historycznego udziału instytucji i państw w ucieczce nazistów."

Książka niewątpliwie ważna. Ukazuje procesy jakie doprowadziły do ucieczki przed sprawied
Mar 14, 2015 Linnaea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
It was an ok book, a lot more academic then I was expecting. Nazis on the run deals with the systems and paths Nazis used to escape Europe after WW2 until the late 1950's. The book is set up with each chapter being a network of movement. it is not a bad way to set up the book, but there is a lot of overlap in each network and Steinacher starts at the beginning (Northern Italy) and on to a travel overseas (for the most part). I thought that it was dry at times and I found myself skimming the page ...more
Dec 02, 2013 Marty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bit on the over kill with info. Several stories were told a second or third time, some left you hanging or would start and have no ending.
I can not imagine the mess after WWII with so many people left homeless and stateless but major mistakes were made all in the fear of communism and the mistaken belief war criminals would return to religion of the Catholic faith.
A very important book on the post-War period, one which will serve as the foundation for future studies on the enabled flight of Nazis from Germany after V-E day. Steinacher's book is extraordinarily well documented, with 90 pages of endnotes. The writing is substantive rather than stylish, and does does repeat itself in various chapters.
Nov 06, 2015 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
Horrifying to know that the Catholic Church, at the highest levels, and the U.S. Gov. Thru the CIA were so complicit in supporting the extradition of naziis to South America and the nazis elevation to important posts in the post war Germany all in the name of fighting communism. The research and conclusions all well documented and presented
Andy Holdcroft
Mar 22, 2013 Andy Holdcroft rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very academic examination of how those responsible for atrocities escaped through a well oiled network, with the Vatican, International Red Cross, the CIA, various national governments etc all bearing culpability rather than some mythical "ODESSA" organisation.
Nov 14, 2015 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating account of the ability of former Nazi's to obtain new identities and escape to other countries after WWII. The research is amazingly in depth and the book is well written.
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