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In Hitler's Shadow

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In September 1992 Yaron Svoray, an Israeli journalist, was travelling in Germany when he met a young man, a skinhead, who, taking Svoray to be a sympathetic American and not realizing he was Jewish, introduced him to the semisecret world of German neo-Nazism. In a short time, Svoray contacted the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles and, with the center's backing, return ...more
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Nan A. Talese (first published 1994)
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Elliot Ratzman
Nov 12, 2012 Elliot Ratzman rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elliot by: Yaron Svoray...
I read a statistic that 90% of Germans supported Obama’s reelection. This doesn’t sound like a white supremacist polity to me. Yet in the early ‘90s, around the time of reunification of E. and W. Germany, a rash of skinhead violence plagued Germany. Though the Kohl administration downplayed the danger from the right, somehow a bumbling, brash Israeli stumbles his way into the heart of Germany’s (laughably inept) neo-Nazi movement. Nazi like me? I saw Yaron Savory speak in Israel around ‘97, a fe ...more
Varon Svoray discovered more than he bargained for when· he infiltrated the German neo-Nazi movement. Svoray is an Israeli journalist and ex-police detective who resembles a Turkish wrestler (his description). He was investigating the story of hidden diamonds that were supposedly left by an American who was wounded before he could recover them, when he met a Nazi who mistook Svoray's familiarity with Leni Reifenstahl's Nazi propaganda films for sympathy with the cause. The Nazi invited Svoray to ...more
An interesting look at the neo-nazi movement in Germany during the early 90's. The books is quite readable and highly informative. Because of the nature of the book, there were no written sources and thus one could argue that some of the research may not be credible. Take this book with a grain of salt, it worth reading but make sure you read several other books as well to get a larger and hopefully better prespective on right wing politics. Recommended.
Mar 27, 2010 Mandy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I saw Yaron Svoray speak back when I was in college. He'd just written this book. I'd always meant to buy it after hearing him lecture, and finally did a few weeks ago. Timely. He is lucky he infiltrated when he did (before the internet revolution really hit), as today (or even in the last 90s) he never would have gotten as far as he did in '92-93.
Thomas Andrikus
Quite an intense read for European history aficionados. A true account retold in fictional-style narrative about how a Jewish American, posing as a sympathetic pro-Nazi from America, infiltrated a neo-Nazi group in Germany in the 1990s and how he did an exposé on the group's convoluted activities for the outside world to see.
Loosely fits into my history folder.

Considering this book is now almost 20 years old (Geez, really? 1992 was 20 years ago? Ugh) it would be really interesting to know how this has evolved and changed, and if it has expanded or shrunk, since then.
I loved this book it was quit intense but its that truth that is still a world of hate. Racial issues but we should all be treated equal even if it means putting ourselves in danger
amazing book about a jewish guy who infiltrates a german neo nazi group.
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