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Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History

(The Killing of Historical Figures)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  6,665 ratings  ·  759 reviews
Confronting Nazi evil is the subject of the latest installment in the mega-bestselling Killing series

As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were swiftly caught, including the notorious SS leader, Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evaded capture through
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Henry Holt & Company
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Enid Graphic accounts of physical and sexual torture and mass dehumanization of entire populations in life and in death make the subject matter…moreGraphic accounts of physical and sexual torture and mass dehumanization of entire populations in life and in death make the subject matter inappropriate for children and sensitive individuals.(less)

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Robin Case
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Page turner, I finished in one sitting.
Jonathan David Botchlett
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bill O’Reilly and his lesser known co-author manages to write history in a very easy to read way that is great for those who aren’t professional historians. This latest book covers the post World War II era of Nazi hunting, and while the book reveals no new revelations it is still quite good and well researched. Unfortunately, the book lacks the countdown page turning quality of his books like Killing Kennedy or Killing Lincoln. Still, all in all, I’d highly recommended this book to those ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
So many decades- so much time since WWII and still the repercussions of "search" continue. They do.
If only now to skeleton and DNA materials for evidence.

This is history. And the realistic outcomes and events that have happened continually since the ends of 1944/1945 with the collapse of the main NAZI party structure/ army in Berlin itself. The telling is often in flashback fashion too to encompass witness "eyes" for/to acts and processes either being persecuted by these sadists or for their
Greg Kopstein
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m far from an O’Reilly fanatic, but I have read all of his Killing series installments. I’ve liked them all so this one was a no-brainer for me. I got through it in 3 days - it was that engaging. It takes a lot to earn 5 stars from me, and I’m not so sure this was a slam-dunk 5, but it achieved all its goals, was well researched and engaging, so 5 stars it is.

This book guides us on a hunt across time, continents, and even oceans in our quest for the fanatical Nazi killers - The SS. I’m no
Barbara Salamon
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book

I have read all of the “killing” books, all excellent. This one does not disappoint, read it in a day. Although it jumps around a bit, it is still easy to follow. A must read for all school children, this history MUST not be forgotten, for fear of it happening again with any group of people. Can’t wait for next book........
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, world-war-ll
Nazis...the easiest people for me to despise! This is the history of key figures that were captured by Nazi hunters after World War ll. A very interesting history.
Mary Jo
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting despite its horrific subject. Dismaying in how many of the SS men and women never faced punishment. Disturbing to find out the US paid social security to some of them.
I'm not a fan of Bill O'Reilly. I never liked his political commentary shows. He just isn't someone I enjoy. But to be fair -- I don't like any of the main stream political commentators from left or right, or even the middle. I prefer to form my own opinions based on neutral factual information.....not journalists ranting about their personal opinion. This isn't a personal judgment on Bill O'Reilly....I'm just not someone who watches rants from either side (I equally dislike Rush Limbaugh, Sean ...more
Liza Fireman
This book has some great parts that are super interesting and I learned several new historical facts. I was mostly interested in catching Eichmann and the story around it. I felt that this was one where the author has put all the details and took the time to really tell a story. In many of the other cases later, I felt the author rushed into telling a quick summary, and it was less compelling in the way it was told. I was always very interested in the Holocaust, and this book brings information ...more
Deborah Young
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read!!!

This is a spell-binder! Very interesting read. I didn't want to put it down. O'Reilly has done an excellent job researching this book.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A riveting page-turner from beginning to end with important history that needs to be known. Great book!
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-btr
Nice to read a nonfiction book after a long while . Reading about defeated Nazis is always interesting. Fast paced and an easy format .
Christina DeVane
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just wow!! SOO much history that I never knew happened!! Such an intriguing read it was hard to put down! Catching head SS leaders went on for decades, and some Nazis probably still live today! -crazy! There were just so many amazing stories I can’t begin to describe! It’s frustrating to learn that so many Nazis got away, but all of them will stand before the ultimate Judge! Highly recommend for everyone!! I think these parts of history are important to learn, not just about the war itself.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Was amazed at the number of Nazis who made it into Argentina after World War 2-fascinating book
I just can't get behind a book that purports itself to be a history book without citing its sources SOMEWHERE. There's a brief note about "sources" in the back of the book, but it basically consists of "we interviewed some people and read some articles and went to some places" without specifics at all. So I looked at this book the entire time with a highly skeptical eye, especially since the authors seem to have sympathy for certain people in this book and undisguised antagonism towards others. ...more
Linda Lipko
Jan 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-book
A difficult book to read, not only because of the subject matter, but because of the poor writing. The book outlines the notorius Nazi war criminals. In detail, the authors outline the horror and sheet barbarity done to helpless Jews at the hands of men and women. Josef Mengele performed incredibly painful tests of bodies. He had a particular penchant for twins. Klaus Barbie and Adolf Eichmann, both high on the chain of those who not only followed Hitler's rules, but made some of their own along ...more
W. Nolan
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read

I was somehow expecting a book about the SS during WWII. Instead, it is a book about the hunting down of SS war criminals after the war. As usual, very well written.
H.C. Harrington
Oct 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bad-books
O’Reilly fails to bring anything new to the readers in this rehashing of post-WW2 Nazi hunting.

At points, the writing is stiff and the characters lack unique space. Essentially, we are dealing with a flat story.
Nicky Billou
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Killing Series of Books are an American treasure bringing great moments of history to life for a popular audience. This one is particularly good, especially in light of the crypto-fascist left copying SS and SA tactics to suppress free speech.

I highly recommend it!
Nov 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Written at what seems a ninth grade level. Just plain boring. Puzzled by the positive reviews. No bibliography or footnotes to verify the truth of the story
Joanna Jennings
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Whoa. So hard to read about the atrocities committed, but so fascinating, especially the kidnapping of Eichmann. O’Reilly’s style is like his news reporting, which I find difficult to follow at times, but this book was so interesting... Nazis living in fear, trying to escape back to normal life after brutality of the worst imaginable. But in the end Nazis and their hunters alike will die. Only the Judge of all the earth can make it right.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As with all the Killing books, this was great reading. It's amazing how long the hunt for Nazis has continued
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, holocaust, wwii
This one was heartbreaking. So much is written about the atrocities of WWII but it doesn't lessen the horror or the sadness of it. So many victims, it's hard to think of the losses. People losing complete families, sometimes right in front of their eyes. There's a story here where a young man was forced to place bodies of the deceased into ditches. He managed to do this for some months before one day he recognized the body of his sister as one of the bodies he had to place in the ditch.

Debra Jeakins
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
KILLING THE SS:THE HUNT FOR THE WORST WAR CRIMINALS IN HISTORY BY BILL O'REILLY & MARTIN DUGARD is the latest in Mr.O'Reilly's "killing" series. This time his focus is on four of the worst and most notorious war criminals in WWII : Adolf Eichmann, the German who coordinated and organized the "Final Solution" resulting in the deaths of millions of Jews. Martin Bormann, Hitler's right hand man and official successor as leader of the Reich . Klaus Barbie SS and Gestapo , who tortured and killed ...more
Sotiris Makrygiannis
1/3 of the book is related to the capture of 1 war criminal the rest is about how SS escaped to Latin America. How far right leaders protected them down there, including the Peron that looks like that used his wife Eva Peron to throw ashes to public eyes (need to study this more). Funnily, Hitler fired Himmler for some reason and covers a bit how was captured. Mossad operations and the "Avengers", the dilemmas between the Jewish community of what is a good Jew and if they should forgive them. ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
Such a great book. So informative. Felt like a really good history lecture given by one of your favorite professors. Was tedious at times but so informative and enlightening. SS hunters, Nuremberg trials etc. Those that love reading Holocaust book would really enjoy this one. I didn't realize so many Nazis had fled to S. America! Brasil had several. Wow.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
This wasn’t my favorite book in O’Reilly’s (I suspect I should say Dugard’s) Killing series, but it was still entertaining and filled with stories that were new to me. Not every story has an emotionally satisfying conclusion, but that’s real life I guess.
Kevin Keating
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The Banality of Evil. This phrase always comes up when I think about the post-war Nazis. They just lived such unassuming lives as they tried to avoid the retribution due them from the Jews. While Israel tried hard to get them (not as hard as even they could have), the western nations who had just fought the Nazis helped them escape justice so they could be used against the communists in the Cold War. It makes me more cynical. The book isn't bad. It's a good read. Just a bit depressing.
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Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I learned quite a bit about War Criminals that I didn't know. I'm kind of amazed at all the countries who hid the worst of them . It's shameful, the things they did. And none of them were sorry for any of it.
Jim Brown
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I have enjoyed reading and learning from all of the books written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard in the “Killing” series of books and this one is no exception.

Reading this book is made easier if you have any knowledge of World War II and Nazi Germany. I am constantly shocked at how little most Americans under the age of 50 (in 2018) actually know about World War II and the crimes committed by then Nazi Germany as governed by Adolph Hitler. If they did they would not be as loose
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“Immediately after the war, a group of Jewish partisans known as the Nokmim traveled throughout Germany and Austria hunting down former members of the SS. Also known as the Avengers, this band of mercenaries paid by the government of Great Britain made northern Italy their home base.3” 0 likes
“However, all works of history lean on a smaller bank of key resources as a gateway into the research: The Nazi Hunters and Hunting Eichmann by Neal Bascomb; The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski; Hunting Evil by Guy Walters; Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends by Tom Segev; Nazi Hunter: The Wiesenthal File by Alan Levy; Nazis on the Run: How Hitler’s Henchmen Fled Justice by Gerald Steinacher; The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men by Eric Lichtblau; the seminal Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt; and the equally spectacular Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer by Bettina Stangneth. The best research we came across concerning the validity of claims about the existence of an ODESSA group can be found in The Real Odessa: How Peron Brought the Nazi War Criminals to Argentina by Uki Goni.” 0 likes
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