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The story of Eichmann's capture is now a major motion picture starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, Operation Finale!

In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and s
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Barbara
Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis’ Final Solution, was a man whose very name struck fear in the heart of any hearers. But as World War II came to an end in 1945, this powerful man somehow disappeared, seemingly going unpunished for his part in the Holocaust. Incredibly, he managed to escape notice for sixteen years, hiding in Argentina, until a team of spies brought him back to Israel where he faced justice. Readers will be fascinated at Eichmann’s ability to hide in plain sig ...more
Aodhan
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another good book, very suspenseful, and a really enjoyable plot with good writing.
Sara
Absolutely excellent piece of narrative non-fiction. This book was full of facts but told in a way that made it read like a spy novel thriller. I had never heard of Eichmann, which shames me since WWII and Holocaust history is the time period I know the most about and have spent the most time studying. I don't know how I missed his name in every thing I learned. This book was not as focused on the horrible atrocities of the Holocaust as much as it was about the aftermath, which is something I kn ...more
Allison
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was pretty surprised by how "blah" I thought this book was. I know that it's by the same author who just wrote Hunting Eichmann and it's actually gotten mentioned in Newbery buzz (as in, what a shame that this great book isn't eligible) but I thought that it was not great. Bascomb must have put all his effort into the adult book and then just chopped out all the writing that was too "adult" for a child audience. I thought the sentences were stilted, short, and boring. I never really came to sy ...more
Laila Kanon
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-non-fiction
Had no plan to read this book but when your best friend ask you to read a particular book, you better do, particularly when she took the liberty to thrust the book into your hand! The backstory was we spent our Sunday morning walk discussing the Nazi hunters and the case of Adolf Eichman.
This book was well-written and riveting and there were few passages that took my breath away. Imagine yourself face to face with 'the evil' whom responsible for the death of 6 million of your people in which you
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David
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had read about half of this book before going to see the movie, Operation Finale that presents the same story of the hunt for and capture of Adolph Eichmann, the architect of the Nazi’s Final Solution of the Jewish Question and the top Nazi in hiding after WWII. I had read a previous book by the leader of the Mossad team that brought Eichmann to Israel to stand trial for war crimes resulting in the deaths of six million Jews along with millions more non-Jews. I finished the book after watching ...more
Alex  Baugh
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-war-2
The Nazi Hunters was a book that was promoted at BEA this year, so naturally I was very curious to read this account of the capture of Adolf Eichmann in 1960. The author, Neal Bascomb, had already written a book about the group of Holocaust survivors who pulled off Eichmann's capture for adults called Hunting Eichmann and now he has revised it for younger readers.

Eichmann was the very high ranking Nazi who had been responsible first for the emigration of Jews to Palestine and later for implement
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Eric Sutton
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A fast-paced, abridged version of the pursuit and capture of Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires. It is designed for younger readers, as Bascomb attempts to condense the genocidal atrocities committed by Eichmann during the Third Reich, the creation of Israel, the determination of select Nazi hunters in the face of apathy, neo-nazism, plus all the particulars of the operation itself, into a 150-page thriller. A tall order, yet, for a young person learning about the era, it functions as a proper intro ...more
Vicky
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A true mission impossible. Even though I knew how it ended, it was hard to put down. How vindicating for those involved to bring such an evil man to justice
Becky
Fantastic how a book where you know how it all ends up can still be so suspenseful. I was reading this book in a snow storm and then the power went out and it was so creepy. Both an engrossing spy story and beautiful testament to these survivors' quest for justice.
Grant Rinckey
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this book was a very good book. It is a historical fiction book. The theme of this book is never take the wrong path like the Nazi commander Eichmann ended up getting executed.
Speesh
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A straightforward re-telling account of what happened, where, when and how. It doesn't need any dressing up. It's important enough to stand on its own. The details are retold in a clear and concise manner, with time taken to include some of the background both to Eichmann and his thought process throughout and that of the people who found him and were sent to bring him back to Israel. Along with a little of the historical context of the post-war years and where the world was heading going into t ...more
Alyson Stone
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book: The Nazi Hunters
Author: Neal Bascomb
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

This is another Scholastic find and I must say that it is a great book for middle schoolers on Eichmann’s capture. It has spies, pictures, and an easy to read text that will have any history loving middle school student hooked. However, I will say that I would not give this book to someone younger. It talks about the hanging and that may be kind of disturbing for younger readers. Just be warned if you have a child who is on the
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Maslela
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This was an easy read. I found this book on the "recommended reading" shelf for school kids here and so I found it simple. It contains compact descriptions and facts easily digested by students and older readers who would want to know the details without having to endure a lengthy read. It was interesting for a very factual story but I suppose one would only read such a book if one is really interested to know. As for the story itself, I found myself feeling frustrated when the mission began due ...more
Connor Waterman
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The Nazi Hunters" by Neal Bascomb is a good book for sixth and seventh graders. "The Nazi Hunters" is about a Nazi leader named Adolf Eichmann who after the war ran into the woods of Germany and disappeared. 16 years later, a team of Superspies found Eichmann at a bus stop in Argentina. According to "Mental Floss.com", the Trial of Eichmann turned out to be one of the biggest trials of all time. I liked the book because it was intriguing in most parts but in some parts it was boring and what ma ...more
Tanisha
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Even though I've heard plenty about World War and Hitler, I didn't really know much about either. Since I had to read a non-fiction book either way, I decided why not use the opportunity? I honestly thought this would be a dreadful read? While it wasn't the most exciting, it was definitely captivating. This book is about a survivor named Simon Wiesentha trying to capture Adolf Eichmann after he disappeared from view. The writing was very descriptive and it had just enough action to be interestin ...more
Kelly
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I heard good things about this book before reading it. This is the story of how a team of agents located and captured Adolph Eichmann. The story was well written, with enough suspense to keep its teen audience interested.
Navdeep Pundhir
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolute Five Star! Must Read, out and out classic!!! Much recommended to all those who are interested in reading good, genuine historical non fiction.
Isabella
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
read for english . also i have an interest in stuff like this
Rob Perry
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Listened to this as an audiobook. Very interesting.
Marre Prestigiacomo
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is book that became a movie in 2018. Educational and enlightening how such a horrible man could disappear and live for years unnoticed. A man who was unrepentant of the horrors he committed on mankind.
Vince McCollum
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
It was ok. There really was no conflict. The plan to kidnap Eichmann was solid and there was really no margin for error. It just seemed like an extended list of events with too much detail.
Steve Tetreault
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The following is a response written for the class for which I read this book:

This week I read Neal Bascomb’s The Nazi Hunters as an additional text. This work begins with a brief background of Adolf Eichmann, the high-ranking Nazi who is considered to be one of those most responsible for the implementation of Hitler’s “Final Solution” and the creation of concentration and death camps. The majority of the tome focuses on the attempt by a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors to find Eichmann and b
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Fran
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read the YA version that was in the high school where I worked. It was very good and worth a person's time to read.
katie
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
This book filled in some gaps in my knowledge about WWII aftermath, when high-ranking Nazis hid out in South America. After reading, I was inspired to seek out more info. An interesting angle on the Holocaust. Very poignant content, despite pretty unemotional tone.
The SMART Book Club
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Title: The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi
Author: Neal Bascomb
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 256
Genre: Non-fiction, History, Young Adult
Rating: 3.5/5
Source: Netgalley


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“A thrilling spy mission, a moving Holocaust story, and a first-class work of narrative nonfiction.

In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked into the
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Krystel
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book on NetGalley in Exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, this book is more like 3.5-4 stars. I really enjoyed it. And anyone who knows me, knows of my love for all things ww2 era.

I have read many different takes on the capture of the Nazi War criminal, Adolf Eichmann and out of all of them it was this one that kept me turning pages and not being able to stop. I normally do not enjoy third person point of views in this one, but in this book it is so very nicely done. The narr
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Jack c
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: form-1
Neal Bascomb’s purpose in writing The Nazi Hunters is that he wants the reader to understand Adolf Eichmann’s life, and the importance of the capture of Eichmann for the Jews and people of the world. In The Nazi Hunters it is hard to point out specific characters other than Eichmann because there are so many involved in the capturing. This book falls into the category of informational non-fiction, but it still describes a complex story. In this story a group of Jewish men set out on the task of ...more
Marcus
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Years and years after the war in another country in a discreet location, with all the research gathered up the hunt begins. Holocaust survivor Zeev Sapir joins a crew lead by the Israeli Internal Security Service, a man who dedicated his life to hunting Nazis, named Zvi Aharoni to hunt down the mad man in charge of leading the Jewish people to their final destination. The man they are looking for is Ricardo Klement. If he was a German, why does he have a Spanish name? Adolf Eichmann is held resp ...more
JosephP
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, mystery
The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb is a true story that is about a team of spies that travel to Argentina to capture Adolf Eichmann, who is one of the most notorious Nazis in the world. Their goal is to capture his safely and bring him back to Isreal alive so he can have a trial in court in front of the whole world for what he did as a Nazi. In order to do this, the team had to work together very well and get other people to help in order to make the mission successful.

I thought this book was ver
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Neal Bascomb is a national award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of a number of books, all non-fiction narratives, all focused on inspiring stories of adventure or achievement. His work has been translated into over 18 languages, featured in several documentaries, and optioned for major film and television projects.

Born in Colorado and raised in St. Louis, he is the product of public
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