Nazis on the Run: How Hitlers Henchmen Fled Justice

Paperback | August 17, 2012

byGerald Steinacher

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This is the story of how Nazi war criminals escaped from justice at the end of the Second World War by fleeing through the Tyrolean Alps to Italian seaports, and the role played by the Red Cross, the Vatican, and the Secret Services of the major powers in smuggling them away from prosecutionin Europe to a new life in South America. The Nazi sympathies held by groups and individuals within these organizations evolved into a successful assistance network for fugitive criminals, providing them not only with secret escape routes but hiding places for their loot. Gerald Steinacher skillfully traces the complex escape stories ofsome of the most prominent Nazi war criminals, including Adolf Eichmann, showing how they mingled and blended with thousands of technically stateless or displaced persons, all flooding across the Alps to Italy and from there, to destinations abroad. The story of their escape shows clearly just how difficult the apprehending of war criminals can be. As Steinacher shows, all the major countries in the post-war world had 'mixed motives' for their actions, ranging from the shortage of trained intelligence personnel in the immediate aftermath of thewar to the emerging East-West confrontation after 1947, which led to many former Nazis being recruited as agents turned in the Cold War.

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This is the story of how Nazi war criminals escaped from justice at the end of the Second World War by fleeing through the Tyrolean Alps to Italian seaports, and the role played by the Red Cross, the Vatican, and the Secret Services of the major powers in smuggling them away from prosecutionin Europe to a new life in South America. The...

Gerald Steinacher is currently a Joseph A. Schumpeter Research Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and Lecturer on Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He is the author of numerous publications on German and Italian twentieth century history and is currently working on a study of the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:August 17, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Nazi Escape Route Through Italy2. The Co-Responsibility of the International Red Cross3. The Vatican Network4. The Intelligence Service Ratline5. Destination ArgentinaConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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"The latest and broadest effort to dispel the fog of myths regarding the fate of Nazi war criminals after World War II. This is a work based on careful and impressively wide research; it is a reliable guide to a controversial and fascinating subject" --Richard Breitman, American University