Nazis on the Run: How Hitler’s Hench­men Fled Justice

Ger­ald Steinacher
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January 17, 2012
Ger­ald Steinacher’s Nazis on the Run: How Hitler’s Hench­men Fled Jus­tice 

makes an impor­tant con­tri­bu­tion to under­stand­ing how Nazis, SS-mem­bers, and their col­lab­o­ra­tors fled Europe — and war crimes charges — after World War II, and made their way through Italy to refuge over­seas. Steinach­er scours archival mate­ri­als across sev­er­al coun­tries to exam­ine the escape routes and net­work of assis­tance that enabled war crim­i­nals to flee Ger­many and East­ern Europe, and estab­lish new lives in Argenti­na as well as oth­er nations. He looks at the aid pro­vid­ed by fel­low Nazis in help­ing each oth­er elude cap­ture, as well as the role played by inter­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tions, such as the Inter­na­tion­al Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross, Catholic Church, and West­ern intel­li­gence agen­cies, in facil­i­tat­ing Nazis’ escape. Among the most dis­turb­ing of Steinacher’s find­ings is the man­ner in which these bod­ies put larg­er insti­tu­tion­al objec­tives and fear of an ascen­dant Com­mu­nism above moral con­sid­er­a­tions and the cap­ture and pros­e­cu­tion of war crim­i­nals. Nazis on the Run is crit­i­cal to under­stand­ing the lin­ger­ing shad­ow of the Holo­caust, and the man­ner in which the war’s injus­tices did not end with the fall of the Nazi regime.

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