The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi

by Neal Bascomb


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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 smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century's most important trials — one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination.

This is the thrilling and fascinating story of what happened between these two events. Illustrated with powerful photos throughout, impeccably researched, and told with powerful precision, THE NAZI HUNTERS is a can't-miss work of narrative nonfiction for middle-grade and YA readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545431002
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 51,298
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Neal Bascomb is the author of The Nazi Hunters, winner of the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award in 2014, among numerous other awards. His second young adult book, Sabotage, was called "excellent" in a starred review from School Library Journal. He is also the author of six nonfiction books for adults on subjects ranging from a 1905 Russian submarine mutiny to a contemporary high school robotics team. The Perfect Mile, Winter Fortress, and Hunting Eichmann went on to be New York Times and international bestsellers. Neal lives in Seattle with his family and rascal dog Moses. Please visit his website at and follow him on Facebook at @nealrbascomb.

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His hands numb from the cold and rain, Malkin held the binoculars up to his face. He saw a bus approach down Route 202. It stopped at the kiosk, and a man in a trench coat and hat got off.
“That's him,” Shalom whispered.
The sight of the lone figure walking through the driving rain burned in Malkin's mind: This was the man he had come to Argentina to capture.

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The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of Adolf Eichmann until I read this book. The Nazi Hunters was a fascinating account of a powerful Nazi, his attempt to hide from justice, and the team of men that risked everything to find him. Like most non-fiction, this book had a lot of people in it. I had a hard time keeping everyone straight in my head and remembering who was who. There were a couple of places where the excess of details almost killed the suspense, but only momentarily. Overall, I found the book to be highly interesting, educational, and gripping. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat as the team sat on the side of the road waiting to grab Eichmann. There were a lot of things that I didn't know about until I read The Nazi Hunters. I didn't know that the Holocaust survivors didn't really talk about their experiences once the war ended. I didn't know that the anti-Jewish sentiment was still alive and strong, and that the threat of history repeating itself was very real. Eichmann's capture and public trial were crucial to bringing to light the horrors of the holocaust and educating the public—especially the younger generation. Verdict: Fantastic read for anyone! Content: Descriptions of crimes against the Jewish people.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Neal Bascomb’s The Nazi Hunters is a YA non-fiction book relating the capture of Adolf Eichmann, a notorious Nazi who organized transportation of victims during the Holocaust. Bascomb tells the story in the form of a thriller; however, he avoids trivializing the subject matter by introducing important ideas regarding justice and history to young readers. Bascomb’s nuance and precision helps him convey the moving story. The book begins with descriptions of some of the Nazi’s atrocities during the Holocaust. The book as a whole focuses on Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and Bascomb effectively conveys the horror of this genocide through relating the story of a Holocaust survivor named Zeev Sapir. Bascomb then describes Eichmann’s vital role in facilitating the murders of millions of people, and the mission to find, to capture, and to bring Eichmann to Tel Aviv. The interspersion of pictures from both the holocaust and the capture of Eichmann enrich the book as well. Bascomb does not gloss over the evil of the Holocaust; however, he makes the book approachable for a younger audience. He focuses on the intricacies of the capture of Eichmann rather than the Holocaust itself; however, the two are inextricable from the other, and Bascomb illuminates the capture of Eichmann as a triumph of justice. The idiosyncratic details Bascomb uses regarding the “Nazi Hunters” themselves furthers the reader’s understanding on how the capture of Eichmann symbolizes both justice for the Jewish people as individuals and as a whole. At times, the amount of names becomes overwhelming; however, this issue is easily fixed with a quick glance at the list of participants, which Bascomb conveniently places at the beginning of the book. The content of this book is mature; however, the subject matter should not deter readers since acknowledgement of the evil committed during the Holocaust is vital to not only honoring those who passed but also to prevent a similar atrocity from occurring. Bascomb utilizes the story of Eichmann to convey themes regarding the importance of learning from history. The form and easy prose of the book makes it accessible to teenagers, and due to the importance of the subject matter at hand, I strongly recommend this book. Review by Lauren A., Age 17, Lone Star Mensa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb is a book that takes place after world war 2 has ended and they start doing research on people that were someone included in the war, one of the main people they investigated was Adolf Eichmann. The book does a really good job of trying to give out separate parts of information in the book to keep you on your toes and not just give you parts of information in big bunches. I learned from it the once world war 2 was over, it wasn’t really over and people were trying to investigate and find out research on people who had anything to do with it. I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in the history of world war 2. I would give this book a 5 out of 5 because I think that the book was put together really well and that it was really good at showing facts about what kind of stuff happened after the war. Overall I thought that it was a really good book, and I have also started to become interested in other books based on this time period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It starts at police patrol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Um am i supposed to omment here? If so its a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb is a great book involve nazis, capture, and secrecy. This book takes place in 1960 Argentina. It is all about a group of people, including a teenage girl and her blind father, trying to capture and bring justice to a man named Adolf Eichmann. They create a strategy to capture him and bring him back to Israel for a trial. As with any good story,they run into lots of trouble along the way. The Argentine government doesn't want these people trying to capture a citizen, Eichmann is a master at evading and defending capture, and they have limited time and resources. I personally love this book for it's clever design and detail to the actual event. It gives you details from the event with pictures, news clippings, and tools used to give more context to the book. This book keeps you thinking and on the edge of your seat the entire time. I don’t have any experience in this event but I feel that it does justice to the men involved. The imagery in this book is great and it makes you feel like you’re their and you just want this nazi to be caught. When reading this book, you can tell that Bascomb did his research when writing this book and that he was really into the topic and cared about this event.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read whar i wrote above
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is great book for WWII.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont name your kid Jack in London ( 2 serial killers) Dont name your kid Adolf in Germany, or anywhere else really Dont name your kid fanny if your last name is butts Dont name your kid Bob unless you want a lame named kid Dont name your kid Great Oogly Moogly unless you want to sound idiotic everytime you talk to them.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got the sample and i am alredy hooked. i can eait to read more. If u like books like this u shoould bye it and read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sounds great! I cant wait to read it!