Nazi Hunters, The
Written by Neal Bascomb
A thrilling spy mission, a moving Holocaust story, and a first-class work of narrative nonfiction.
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.
“This is a splendid example of fascinating storytelling—with action, emotion, and nail-biting suspense—blended with significant historical events.” -- Booklist
"In this reworking of his adult title, Hunting Eichmann, for a youth audience, Bascomb reconstructs the 1960 pursuit and capture of Eichmann by Israeli defense forces with edge-of your-seat immediacy. Readers follow the patient surveillance, carefully laid traps, tricky transportation issues, split-second coordination, thorough backup plans, and of course, creative reaction when, inevitably, pieces fall apart. Fans of Steve Sheinkin will be equally appreciative of Bascomb’s strong storytelling, his careful notes (which frequently comment on conflicting evidence), and his inclusion of some seriously cool images ranging from artwork created by one of Eichmann’s captors to spy camera photos of Eichmann’s tiny brick residence in Argentina. An extensive bibliography, arranged by media type, is included, as well as an index." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Thriller fans will find all their favorite plot points here, from disguises and coded messages to abduction and interrogation, and Bascomb keeps on the right side of the fine line that distinguishes suspense from sensationalism. Photographs are included throughout the text, adding not just to the evidence of Eichmann’s guilt but to the reader’s sense of being along on the mission, with surveillance photos of Eichmann and his (shabby) house in Argentina, the logbook of the El Al plane used to transport him to Israel, and even a picture of the needle used to sedate the prisoner. A “list of participants” precedes the text, and it’s useful in keeping track of the many Mossad and Shin Bet agents who undertook the tracking and retrieval; a thorough bibliography, notes, and an index are appended." -- Horn Book
"Drawing on a wealth of sources that include original interviews, Bascomb swiftly establishes background, introduces readers to the key players and takes them through the search. At any moment in the hunt something might have gone wrong, with those involved being captured as spies and allowing Eichmann to escape. Tension rises from the pages, thanks to Bascomb's command of pacing, judicious use of quoted material, inclusion of archival photographs and strong descriptions. It's nonfiction as thriller in its recounting of the actions of a midlevel, monstrous clerk and the work of a few dedicated people in delivering him to justice." -- Kirkus Reviews
"From cafés in Buenos Aires to the halls of the fledgling Israeli government, from false identities to secret drops, this story has all the hallmarks of a spy novel. Bascomb has a knack for turning complex detail into a suspenseful, heart-pounding narrative. Every face is catalogued, every procedure thoroughly outlined, every moment accounted for in this tale that requires patience and perseverance; at times it unfolds at a breakneck pace and at others, it is tantalizingly slow. The author depicts Eichmann as more than just a soulless Nazi monster and target; he is also seen as a father and husband, giving this account some balance. The depth of research in this fine work is evident in the level of information provided and in the extensive bibliography and source notes. An excellent choice for libraries looking to extend their World War II and Jewish history collections." -- School Library Journal
2014 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
Sydney Taylor Book Award, Gold Medal
Parents’ Choice Recommended Seal
2014 Tayshas High School Reading List
2014 Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
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Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Page Count: 256
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
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