Non-Fiction YA Review: The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb

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The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb

Age Range: 12 and up

Grade Level: 7 and up

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Scholastic (August 27, 2013)

Series: None

Genre: Historical non-fiction

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

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.

4 STARS

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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