On My Bookshelf: The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb

September 04, 2017

The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb focuses on the discovery of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and the work of Israeli spies to capture him and bring him to trial in Israel. Despite several hiccups, with extremely careful planning, the team is able to successfully complete their mission. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom application.
The basic plot from Amazon: 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 smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century's most important trials -- one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination.

THE NAZI HUNTERS is the thrilling and fascinating story of what happened between these two events. Survivor Simon Wiesenthal opened Eichmann's case; a blind Argentinean and his teenage daughter provided crucial information. Finally, the Israeli spies -- many of whom lost family in the Holocaust -- embarked on their daring mission, recounted here in full. Based on the adult bestseller HUNTING EICHMANN, which is now in development as a major film, and illustrated with powerful photos throughout, THE NAZI HUNTERS is a can't-miss work of narrative nonfiction for middle-grade and YA readers.
The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb focuses on the discovery of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and the work of Israeli spies to capture him and bring him to trial in Israel. Despite several hiccups, with extremely careful planning, the team is able to successfully complete their mission. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom application.

Why I liked it: I'm a big fan of historical fiction and The Nazi Hunters, written as narrative nonfiction, is just as good, if not better, because it is entirely true. World War II and the Holocaust are also topics of high interest for me, which made this book one I couldn't put down. 

While many Nazis were punished during the Nuremberg Trials, some escaped judgement by fleeing to other countries. The Nazi Hunters focuses on the discovery of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and the work of Israeli spies to capture him and bring him to trial in Israel. Despite several hiccups, with extremely careful planning, the team is able to successfully complete their mission though they cannot reveal to anyone what they have accomplished. The book is fast paced, packed with action, and full of harrowing moments that leave you holding your breath until they are resolved.


Classroom application: If you are looking to bulk up the nonfiction section of your classroom library, this would be a perfect addition for middle school or high schoolers (there is very little violence). The novel could be used to culminate a unit on World War II and the Holocaust, or as a choice in literature circles themed around crime and justice. 

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of The Nazi Hunters for yourself, you can find it on Amazon here.

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