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The Eternal Nazi : From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim - Nicholas Kulish

The Eternal Nazi

From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim

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Published: 25th March 2014
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From the "New York Times" reporters who first uncovered S.S. officer Aribert Heim's secret life in Egypt comes the never-before-told story of the most hunted Nazi war criminal in the world. Dr. Aribert Heim worked at the Mauthausen concentration camp for only a few months in 1941 but left a devastating mark. According to the testimony of survivors, Heim euthanized patients with injections of gasoline into their hearts. He performed surgeries on otherwise healthy people. Some recalled prisoners' skulls set out on his desk to display perfect sets of teeth. Yet in the chaos of the postwar period, Heim was able to slip away from his dark past and establish himself as a reputable doctor and family man in the resort town of Baden-Baden. His story might have ended there, but for certain rare Germans who were unwilling to let Nazi war criminals go unpunished, among them a police investigator named Alfred Aedtner. After Heim fled on a tip that he was about to be arrested, Aedtner turned finding him into an overriding obsession. His quest took him across Europe and across decades, and into a close alliance with legendary Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. The hunt for Heim became a powerful symbol of Germany's evolving attitude toward the sins of its past, which finally crested in a desire to see justice done at almost any cost. As late as 2009, the mystery of Heim's disappearance remained unsolved. Now, in "The Eternal Nazi," Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet reveal for the first time how Aribert Heim evaded capture--living in a working-class neighborhood of Cairo, praying in Arabic, beloved by an adopted Muslim family--while inspiring a manhunt that outlived him by many years. It is a brilliant feat of historical detection that illuminates a nation's dramatic reckoning with the crimes of the Holocaust.

Praise for "The Eternal Nazi" "Brilliantly narrated...uses the countless jigsaw-puzzle pieces produced by a manhunt that lasted decades--including the many false leads that took Nazi-hunters to far-flung reaches of the globe--to explicate, with sharp originality, distinctive facets of the psychological and political landscape of the Third Reich and its long and complicated afterlife." --"The New York Times Book Review""A fascinating read. This is a tale of police procedural, in an era before computers and databases, of those hunting the worst humans this world had to offer."--"Seattle Post-Intelligencer" "Gripping..."The Eternal Nazi" shows how long it took for Germany to fully reckon with its Nazi past...Kulish and Mekhennet adeptly portray the silence and repression that surrounded Nazi crimes...Heim plays that ageless near-mythic figure, the evil man with a clear conscience, unrepentant to the end."--Tablet "A brisk, compelling read, with all the frustrating plot twists and eccentric character cameos of an espionage thriller."--"The Jewish Daily Forward""An elusive Nazi doctor who escaped justice receives a thorough scouring ... Haunting, doggedly researched."--"Kirkus Reviews"""The Eternal Nazi" manages that rare feat of being as cinematically riveting as it is morally serious."--Buzzfeed "This highly readable account unfolds more than a mystery novel than a work of non-fiction. It is crisply written, meticulously documented and highly engaging. It is superb reporting that will keep readers engaged until the very last page."--"King Features""[A] dramatic story--which often makes fiction seem tame by comparison--with the flair of a riveting mystery.""--Arkansas Democrat-Gazette" "A brilliant feat of historical detection that illuminates a nation's dramatic reckoning with the crimes of the Holocaust." --Bookreporter.com "Part biography, part engrossing true crim

ISBN: 9780804166416
ISBN-10: 0804166412
Audience: General
Format: Audio CD
Language: English
Published: 25th March 2014
Dimensions (cm): 15.3 x 13.0  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.25