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Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi

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"Hunting Eichmann" is the first complete narrative of a relentless and harrowing international manhunt.

When the Allies stormed Berlin in the last days of the Third Reich, Adolf Eichmann shed his SS uniform and vanished. Following his escape from two American POW camps, his retreat into the mountains and out of Europe, and his path to an anonymous life in Buenos Aires, his
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 2009)
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Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holocaust, argentina
I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Israel and love that country dearly. When my husband and I were newlyweds almost 20 years ago, we were channel surfing one night and saw a fabulous documentary on how Eichmann was found and brought to justice. I think it was the first time I really paid any attention to the story.

It was only recently that I heard about this book and I’m so glad that I did. It’s truly well-written and thoroughly researched. Even though I knew how it would all end, I wa
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, five-stars
Gripping and Poignant

This was a great book and worth reading whether you know the story of Eichman or not. To me, it is an example of persistent righteousness in the search for justice. Well written, it reads like a thriller. Despite this, it opens many debates on man's meaning in the world.
To sum it all up, I must say that I regret nothing.
Last words of Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Final Solution.

This book gives a detailed account on how the Mossad managed to capture and flew one of the most notorious SS criminals out of Argentina. Its subsequent process was a milestone in the history of the Shoah - for the first time the World and the Israeli youth was confronted with the Holocaust.

His involvement in the Final Solution started with his attendance at the Wannsee conferenc
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't read nearly as much nonfiction as I would like, but this book just appeared by pure happenstance and sounded too interesting not to check out. As it turns out I'd read a lot more nonfiction, if more nonfiction books were like this. Meticulously researched (notes and the bibliography list goes on and on), terrifically told with all the dynamic pacing and heart pumping excitement and suspense of the best of thrillers, but made so much more interesting and compelling by the fact that it act ...more
One very good and fast paced book, even though you know the outcome, the author does a fine job of creating tension. Once wheels were up, I breathed a sigh of relief.. A remarkable book..
Joy D
Non-fiction about the capture of Adolph Eichmann, the notorious Nazi responsible for transportation of millions of Jews to the death camps during WWII. This book traces the Israeli Mossad’s efforts to locate Eichmann and bring him to justice. Although I knew the basics of the story, I had no idea of the complexity of the task. I was impressed at the author’s ability to maintain a thread of tension and suspense, especially since the outcome is already known. The author also kept the story tightly ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
HUNTING EICHMANN. (2009). Neal Bascomb. ****.
This is a well-written and focused exploration of how Eichmann was located, hunted down, and captured by the Israelis from his hideout in Argentina. After a short overview of Eichmann’s personal history while growing up and then to his career within Hitler’s Third Reich, the story directs its attention to the planning involved in his capture and subsequent transport to Israel. Although most of us of a certain age remember the headlines of the period,
Rob Twinem
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hunting Eichmann is an edge of the seat tense adventure story, and made all the more exciting when you realize that this is a true account of the life and eventual death of a notorious nazi killer. There is no more greater satisfaction than seeing someone of great evil being made to pay for his crimes and few people in history have been guilty of more crimes than Adolf Eichmann. He was the operational manager of the genocide that saw the dispatch and murder of some six million jews during the se ...more
I haven't read Tom Clancy, so I don't know if the blurb on the back cover is correct.

I wouldn't describe the book as a thriller, though the story is told very well. It makes a good companion piece to the essay in The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction written by one of the "hunters". Bascomb doesn't waste words and doesn't waste description. He also is kind enough to presume that his reader has basic background knowledge, so he doesn't give unneeded explanations. Outside of the hunt for E
Ina Cawl
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
you cannot run from your history and your victims
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Adolf Eichmann was the model for Hannah Arendt's banality of evil. Kafka could not have written a more bloodless bureaucrat than Eichmann - the Chief Operating Officer of the Final Solution. Although he was manifestly responsible for the deaths of 6 million or more Jews, Communists, prisoners of war, Gypsies, political dissidents, homosexuals, mentally retarded people, and anyone else who had the misfortune to be caught in the wheels of the Nazi system, he never accepted responsibility. He was j ...more
Todd Stockslager
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
I rarely rate nonfiction five stars ("What a classic" on my personal rating scale), but Hunting Eichmann deserves this highest accolade in every way.

1. The importance of the subject. Six million people were murdered in Europe during World War II by the German government, under the leadership and direction of Adolf Hitler, at the administrative hand of Adolf Eichmann who crafted and carried out the Final Solution. Multiplying adjectives such as Jewish, refugees, deportees, old, young, infirm, inc
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent true story that's a gripping read that you can't hardly put down. Author Neal Bascomb tells the story of Adolf Eichmann, who was the operational commander of the Holocaust. "Hunting Eichamnn" tells the incredible story of how Eichmann fled Europe in 1945 and was ultimately brought to justice in 1961.

The reader knows the ultimate outcome of the story at the beginning--Eichmann is captured. But the tale on how it came to be is so incredible as to a great case of "truth is stra
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
In 1960 my mother was asked to go back to the Memphis area from NC by her former boss Mr. Herzog. He wanted her to run his business while he and his wife went to Isreal for Eichmann 's trial. I was nine years old at the time and had no knowledge of WWII and the Holocaust. My mother said the Herzog family went to spit on Eichmann because all of their families had been killed in the camps. I couldn't understand why that was so important. It started me on a lifetime of reading all I could on the wa ...more
Mike Knox
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An intense tale of the quest to bring Adolf Eichmann, the operational manager of the Final Solution, to justice.

Made me think of what a great thing it is that Christ will bring the world to justice. All oppressors will be justly dealt with; all innocent suffers will be vindicated.

Contains a powerful quote from Robert Jackson, the lead American prosecutor at the Nuremberg trial. In his opening statement he said:

The privilege of opening the first trial in history for crimes against the peace of th
Noah Goats
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hunting Eichmann is three books in one. It starts out as a escape story, telling how Eichmann, one of the prime movers of the holocaust, evaded capture, hid his identity, escaped a POW camp, and was able to flee across the Alps and eventually to Argentina with a network of Nazi sympathizers helping him every step of the way. It’s also a great heist story (the heisted item being Eichmann himself), and shows the reader how a courageous group of Mossad agents, some of whom were holocaust survivors ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, absorbing read. Reads like a crime thriller and was one of those rare books that got my heart racing. So well researched and well written - a definite 5 stars from me.
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Years ago I read a brief description of the operation to kidnap Eichmann and bring him to Israel. With the release of this book I thought I'd take a deeper interest in what happened, how the operation was organized, and the background to the entire event. In the end I think this book delivers. Although the research is there, the book lacks in the usual endnote citations a scholarly work includes. Rather you can follow page numbers in the back and try to see which few words, designating the begin ...more
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A non-fiction thriller, this book tells the story of the capture of Adoph Eichmann, one of the most notorius Nazi war criminals, by the Isreali secret service. The details of the planning and actual capture of Eichmann are much like the details of the planning and execution of plans by Gabriel Allon and his team in the Daniel DeSilva novels and just as tension filled. In addition to the planning and actual capture, attention is also given to Eichmann -- how he got to be responsible for carrying ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sehr interessantes Buch, wenn man wie ich noch nichts über die Jagd auf Adolf Eichmann gesehen oder gelesen hatte.
Es liest sich wie ein Thriller. Es dreht sich zwar alles um die Menschenjagd aber nebenbei erfährt man auch eine Menge geschichtlichen Kontext.
Nur nach hinten raus hat es Bascomp etwas künstlich spannend gemacht mit dem El Al - Flug. Das hätte er kürzen können und stattdessen den Prozess etwas mehr beleuchten können. Aber dafür gibt es ja andere Bücher (z.B. von Hannah Arendt).
Heather Fineisen
A comprehensive and detailed look at the Nazi hunters and the operation that brought Eichmann to justice. Provides a history of the holocaust with disturbing testimony from victims. The mere facts of the Final Solution as planned and executed never ceases to horrifying. A tough but interesting read.
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Pedro Gustavo Gomes Andrade
Há mais de 50 anos atrás, Adolph Eichmann, um ex-oficial nazista fugitivo, foi seqüestrado num subúrbio de Buenos Aires próximo à sua residência na Argentina por agentes do Mossad, o serviço secreto israelense. Logo após, foi julgado e condenado à morte em Jerusalém por sua contribuição ao holocausto, nesta que foi a primeira e única aplicação da pena de morte em toda a história de Israel. Os relatos dessa operação, contudo, somente vieram à tona há pouco tempo. Sabe-se hoje, por exemplo, que a ...more
Feisty Harriet
This book is so well written, Adolf Eichmann was the Nazi official in charge of "the final solution" to "the Jewish problem" which means the wholesale slaughter of Jews, gypsies/Roma, disabled people, gay and lesbian people, and anyone else the Third Reich just didn't feel was good enough. Eichmann was in charge of moving those people to ghettos, then packing them on trains to concentration camps, and either gassing them to death, working them to death, sometimes both, or otherwise coming up wit ...more
Diane Mccredie
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After my sister and I saw the movie Operation Finale, I wanted to read an historical record of the hunt for Eichmann to see how closely the movie followed. Even though I knew the outcome, I could feel the stress building up inside me as the crew worked towards his eventual capture. There were so many things that had to go right and so many things that could go wrong. It is a testament to their teamwork and planning that it was a successful mission.

A couple of the interesting side facts I learne
Susan Liston
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I read this scenes from a movie kept popping into my head, and now I realize I'd seen "The House on Garibaldi Street" many moons ago. I don't know if I was ever aware of the details of the capture, as it was a surprise to me how much danger the Israelis were in as they were essentially kidnappers, and would have been treated as such if they were caught. Here is a good case of knowing the outcome but still turning the pages with a increased heartbeat. I could fell their frustrations looking at ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This was a fast-paced, gripping story of the pursuit and capture of Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann was one of the top Nazis to escape Europe after WWII. I think what struck me most in this story was how though I couldn't keep track of all the different Jews who played a part in his capture, every single one of them had people in his family who died in the Holocaust. Eichmann was found guilty and hanged, which is also a testament to justice. I am surprised someone who had lost family didn't just shoot ...more
Eric Sondermann
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. History; suspense; great (and real) characters. As the son of two Holocaust refugees, obviously it had a special resonance. Five stars.
Brian DiMattia
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
From other recent histories, and the way this book is described, you'd expect it to be a thriller. But Neal Bascomb seems to realize early on the difficulty of writing it that way and maintaining the "action," especially with a decade long break in the middle. Instead, he proceeds to write a study of ordinary people, who became involved in momentous events.

Adolf Eichmann was an officer in the German SS during World War II, and "architect" of the murder of well more than six million human beings.
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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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“We will bring Adolf Eichmann to Jerusalem,” Harel said, striking the table, “and perhaps the world will be reminded of its responsibilities. It will be recognized that, as a people, we never forgot. Our memory reaches back through recorded history. The memory book lies open, and the hand still writes.” 1 likes
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