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

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  12 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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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
Elyce Feliz
Very badly organized and written -
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...more

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...more
Jeff Dawson
Feb 06, 2012 Jeff Dawson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Karima Sundarji
Very scholarly written thesis. Well researched and intensely filled with facts but not for the casual reader
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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