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The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  886 ratings  ·  122 reviews
The shocking story of how America became one of the world’s safest postwar havens for Nazis
Thousands of Nazis — from concentration camp guards to high-level officers in the Third Reich — came to the United States after World War II and quietly settled into new lives. They had little trouble getting in. With scant scrutiny, many gained entry on their own as self-styled war
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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LEIGH ELLEN yes he did cover up I do not know why except he was not a good man as many of his bios tell. He probably also was anti Semitic and was not moved by…moreyes he did cover up I do not know why except he was not a good man as many of his bios tell. He probably also was anti Semitic and was not moved by what happened to the Jews.
i hated this book for all the stuidity in it on our part but could not put it down as i wanted to know what happened to some of the main characters like the Nostril. (less)

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Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Didn't these people get it? This was a war. You did what you had to do to survive"
Tscherim Soobzokov, ex-CIA spy residing in New Jersey
Accused of collaborating with the Nazi SS during the invasion of USSR

Shocking. If I wasn't already aware of some of this material I would have had a difficult time accepting it. My cub scout image of the U.S Government is continually shattered. Persistent antisemitism within Washington and the U.S. military during and after WW2 resulted in the further disgrace o
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This symbol invokes such visceral indignation, disdain and disgust in me. It is the symbol of such egregious inhumane acts of hate and human suffering, unfathomable cruelty, a symbol of state sponsored genocide.

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Our political leaders embraced many of the demons who stood behind this symbol in WWII after the fall of the Third Reich!

This book was so eye opening and infuriating but so typical of Machiavellian political pragmatism. I can only imagine WWII vets rolling in their graves ove
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is well deserving of more than five stars. If I could, I would.

There has been a lot of focus in recent years on the Nazi members that escaped to South America, but rarely have I seen much focus on those who came to America. It was interesting to read about these individuals and what happened to them as a result of their actions.

This author did not only compile a book of meticulous research and facts, but also was compassionate and yet neutral in his writing. You can tell when reading
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“The Nazis Next Door” is a book about the various Nazis living in our country after the war, along with how our government not only helped bring them here but helped them avoid prosecution through various means, including forged documents.

As opposed to many history books, this one is easily read and accessible not only to the novice, but also provides little known information to historians. My major was history, with a concentration in Jewish history, and I was appalled by just how much has been
Matt Bennett
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nazis in America? Sure, you're thinking - Werner Von Something or other helped us with the rockets. And maybe a SS thug or two slipped through the cracks and came here and built cars in Ohio for a while. But we basically caught them and booted them out, right?


As Pulitzer-winner Eric Lichtblau shows in this absolutely riveting account, the US government helped up to 10,000 (TEN THOUSAND!) Nazis - some of them high-ranking officials with major roles in the Holocaust - get into the country an
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I learned a few things here that confirmed my dislike of a number of public figures--Patton for one. This book is another iteration of the large degree to which we did nothing to help the Jews (or other refugees) in the years during and after WWII. Leaving people in the concentration camps with their former Nazi torturers as overlords for many years, is just one example. I kind of knew, but not really, how disgracefully we behaved. You see movies with the Americans "liberating" the camps and ass ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Given the recent release of the CIA's "Torture Report," perhaps it is fitting to be reading another scathing indictment on them (and other American intelligence agencies), who have failed time and again to uphold the very values that America purports to stand for.

Well written and completely engaging from start to finish, this book reveals with startling detail the numerous ways in which Nazi war criminals came to the United States after the war. The assistance they received from the U.S. governm
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As the title suggests, Eric Lichtblau, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter, tells the story of how America became a safe haven for thousands of Nazi war criminals. What makes this book different from the others about the same subject are the new facts that are brought to light by the author using recently declassified documents that show how US intelligence agencies because of their fear of communism, collaborated with Nazis to block investigations by Justice department and reporters ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A detailed accounting of the US's active recruitment and harboring of top Nazi officials responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths during the Holocaust. I took off one star because the book reads as just that, an accounting, for a good portion, making it a bit tedious and occasionally hard to follow, but it gathers steam as in some cases justice is finally served. Regardless, everyone should read this book. Just prepare to be horrified by what the US government did in the name of stopping ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This made me mad but it needed to be written I agree it's Pulizer winner
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
While I knew that we brought over Nazi rocket scientists to work on our rocket programs (later, NASA) I had always thought of them as just white jacketed nerds at a blackboard not really connected to the Holocaust. Unfortunately, the greats such as Werner Von Braun were responsible for running the slave camps that produced the V2 rockets, and as such were directly involved in the mistreatment and murder of their workers. Worse than that, are the many senior-level Nazi SS officers that were broug ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book explaining in detail how the US Government aided, harbored, relocated, and employed known Nazis at the end of WWII, even as the Jews and other persecuted groups languished in the camps, unable to secure visa's or find places to go. US Government officials are named, most who were more than happy to overlook "minor war crimes" as the re-tooled bio's and files read, in order to bring in known high-level Nazis who could help in the Cold War against Russia, some even before the war en ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
A few years ago I read "The Good German" by Joseph Kanon. It was an interesting work of fiction set in Berlin about how the American and Russian victors were scrambling to secure scientists and other "good Germans". The goal was two fold: keep that scientist from the other side and to get him to your home country to benefit from his expertise. Wonderful book, so-so movie.

The Nazi's Next Door is the true story of how and why the United States brought in 10,000 Nazis to work for an intelligence ag
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was in high school, I got to go to a speech by Werner Von Braun. I can't really remember anything he said, because I could not get that Tom Lehrer song lyric - "Nazi, Shmatzi, says Werner Von Bran" out of my head. I learned a lot about Project Paperclip (the US plan to bring over Nazi rocket scientists to work on the space program) from this book. But this also contains a number of stories about the CIA recruiting former Nazis to spy on the Soviets - they cared more about the Communist Co ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it
An interesting and at times, sad, book about how some terrible people managed to come to America and stay under the radar after doing terrible things during the holocaust. I'm not as confident as the author is about von Braun's record being as evil as the author indicates. Most of the other folks mentioned seems to be fairly straightforward though.

Two people guilty of terrible things became American citizens and beat legal efforts to look at deporting them in court and then were subsequently mu
Wes McKibbon
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book on the American Experience. Being a history buff I have a good knowledge about the abuses in our history, but was unaware of histories greatest men like General Patton and his racist views against the Jews. The book made me think of the Von Braun Civic Center that proudly represents Huntsville Alabama and now think of the center's original and current directors with disdain. I was stunned by the extent of the covert operations of the CIA, FBI, Justice Department disclosed in ...more
John Schachter
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is both fascinating and infuriating. It was amazing to learn to what degree the CIA (mainly) sought and harbored evil Nazi leaders in the United States following WW2. Cheers to the DOJ heroes who wouldn't give up the fight to find and justly punish (or at least remove U.S. citizenship from) these Nazis. I also appreciated how the book made the simple and clear case that Pat Buchanan is a despicable person who has chosen to make defending ex-Nazis one of his life's causes. Shame on Rona ...more
Brian Morris
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disturbing, very disturbing. The quote from Allen Dulles, future CIA director, about how his agents should be free to talk to the devil himself if it would help in the Cold War nicely summarizes the story told in this book. This Faustian bargain with the devil is a testament to how paranoia and fear of communism could lead to moral lapses. The book is a little disjointed, but I found it to be a very interesting account of how so many Nazis came to America and of the much belated attempt to track ...more
Edward Sullivan
I knew a bit about Operation Paperclip but it is shocking to learn the extent to which the United States government gave safe haven to Nazi war criminals, protected them, and even intervened on their behalf. Meticulously researched and thoroughly documented.
David Szatkowski
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a powerful, painful, difficult book to read. The author shows the real evil of US leaders, people who became complicit in allowing evil to flourish among us. History demands that we take account not of the nice parts, but the whole of the story. Justice demands that we act on what we have taken account of.
Jevonte Hubbard
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A behind the curtains look at America. It was like being compelled to witness something heinous –you want to look away –but you just can't. This book was difficult to digest yet, hard to close. A must read.
Melinda Elizabeth
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Nazi’s Next Door is a sombre read. Did you know that one of the founding fathers of the Space program was a card holding Nazi Dr that conducted many gruesome experiments on prisoners during WWII? No? Ever wondered why you don’t know this, or how he might have made it into the USA?

An oft swept under the rug, pain in the backside of the Justice Department, the secret missions that recruited Nazi solders and top ranking officials into the USA post WWII continued to pop up from time to time and
Bob Schnell
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
How many Nazi war criminals do you think were allowed to emigrate to America immediately following WWII? How many concentration camp survivors were denied travel visas and forced to stay in the "liberated" camps for extended periods? The answer to both these questions is "far too many".

Eric Lichtblau's "The Nazis Next Door" gives us an accounting of why so many Nazis were allowed to become American citizens (to work with us against Russia) and why so many surviving victims continued to be disen
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-war-ii
This book was extremely eye-opening and intriguing but depressing as hell. The US government (including our intelligence agencies and NASA) not only allowed, but sought out, Nazi war criminals to come here to live and work for our scientific, military, and political gain ("We will ignore your allegiance to Hitler if you can help us fight against the big bad Commies!"). The duplicity of the CIA and FBI as they protected their Nazi war criminal assets was unfortunately and frustratingly unsurprisi ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Exposes the coverup for nazis among us: I really learned a lot from reading this book about things I never knew, which shows me the United States has always been involved in wrongdoings, from its inception as a nation and slaughtering our native Americans to covering up crimes of nazis to allow them to live among us. I also think it reprehensible that the CIA and our government felt it was more important for the nazi war criminals to help us develop technology for space and that then they became ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Focusing on several very high level Nazis that our government/CIA willingly brought into this country after WWII, the book follows the difficult and frustrating attempts to remove them from the United States. The "Nazi Hunter" division created had to fight anti-Semitism within the government but also those who saw these Nazis as assets and nothing else. They were allowed in to get their best scientists before the Russians and also to be used in the new war against Communism here and abroad. The ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book - I couldn't put it down. I've read a lot of books on World War II and the Holocaust, but most of those books end in 1945 at the close of the war. This book starts where the others leave off - with the aftermath of the war. I was horrified (but not totally surprised) to learn that the US overlooked the pasts of some of the most notorious Nazi criminals just to gather intelligence against the Russians during the cold war and allowed them to settle here in the US. This book weaves ...more
Lee Sandberg
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well-researched and immersive. If you feel like trusting the U.S. government even less, read this book. It makes you wonder if former Nazis could ever redeem their humanity. Those who finagled their way into America after the war, with the help of our government, seemed as if they could be well-balanced contributing members of society. Some undeniably were e.g. Wernher von Braun. However, they all seem to possess some degree of sociopathy that allowed them to become vessels of hate and genocide.
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish this book because I got SO MAD. It is one story after another about how the U.S. tax dollars have been spent on sheltering and bringing into the U.S. some of the biggest Nazi criminals. Ugh. Horrible. It is a good book, don't get me wrong. However, it did start feeling like a repeat of the same story over-and-over after a while. The stories about how the press started to take notice and how the press and politics evolved to, first, encourage, and then expose these horrible practi ...more
Stair Case
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this after hearing the author's interview on NPR. This book is incredibly well written and hard to believe the level of investigation that must've gone into it. The revelations are so eye-opening and stir up a lot of anger. This book makes you rethink the American Government. It seems that every foreign policy issue is first and foremost viewed through "How can we use this to our advantage?" by certain people in power, even if that means working with and protecting former Nazis. I won't f ...more
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