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Nazis on the Run by Gerald Steinacher
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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 by helping them find ways to smuggle their covert operatives into an ever closing Iron Curtain. The second group focused on the corruption in the Vatican whose fear of the Communists was probably greater than that of the United States. Sympathetic pro-German Bishops were a vital way to gather passports, provide certification of origins and create false citizenships when necessary. The eventual destination of these escaped Nazis was to countries that needed their technical expertise and could not swoop in directly in Germany like the United States and USSR. Argentina benefited tremendously from the expertise it brought in for modernizing the state under the wishes of Peron. Overall it is a thorough analysis of how Nazis escaped detailing the routes, sources that helped them and their eventual destination. As other reviews indicated it is not a riveting reading and it is actually amazing that one could take a topic like this and make it so dry. If you are in to academic reads on how Nazis left Germany this is a great book for you otherwise it will probably have limited appeal to a wide audience.
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