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Hanns and Rudolf : The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz
by Thomas Harding


Overview - WINNER OF THE WINGATE PRIZE

The untold story of the man who brought a mastermind of the final solution to justice.

May 1945. In the aftermath of the Second Word War, the first British War Crimes Investigation Team is assembled to hunt down the senior Nazi officials responsible for the greatest atrocities the world has ever seen.  Read more...


 
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Overview
WINNER OF THE WINGATE PRIZE

The untold story of the man who brought a mastermind of the final solution to justice.

May 1945. In the aftermath of the Second Word War, the first British War Crimes Investigation Team is assembled to hunt down the senior Nazi officials responsible for the greatest atrocities the world has ever seen. One of the lead investigators is Lieutenant Hanns Alexander, a German Jew who is now serving in the British Army. Rudolf Hoss is his most elusive target. As Kommandant of Auschwitz, Hoss not only oversaw the murder of more than one million men, women, and children; he was the man who perfected Hitler's program of mass extermination. Hoss is on the run across a continent in ruins, the one man whose testimony can ensure justice at Nuremberg.

Hanns and Rudolf reveals for the very first time the full, exhilarating account of Hoss's capture, an encounter with repercussions that echo to this day. Moving from the Middle Eastern campaigns of the First World War to bohemian Berlin in the 1920s to the horror of the concentration camps and the trials in Belsen and Nuremberg, it tells the story of two German men- one Jewish, one Catholic- whose lives diverged, and intersected, in an astonishing way.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781476711843
  • ISBN-10: 1476711844
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 348
  • Dimensions: 9.26 x 6.31 x 1.16 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.19 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Military
Books > History > Military - World War II
Books > History > Holocaust

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-07-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

Rudolf Höss (1900–1947), the coldly efficient lapsed-Catholic commandant of Auschwitz, the Third Reich’s most notorious killing machine, oversaw the murder of more than a million men, women, and children. Hanns Alexander (1917–2006) was a German Jewish émigré in the service of the British Army dead-set on hunting down Rudolf (throughout the book, Harding refers to them by their first names in order to humanize them) and bringing him to justice. In this gripping biography-based history, Harding, a former documentary filmmaker and journalist, profiles both men in chronological alternating chapters, starting with their births and childhoods, moving on to their experiences in WWII, and concluding when Hanns and Rudolf finally come face to face on a farm where the war criminal had been desperately trying to elude his pursuers. Rudolf emerges as a loyal, workaholic, career Nazi who, upon his capture, is chillingly candid about his role in the Final Solution, and readers will revel in Hanns’s admirable determination to avenge the deaths of his countrymen and the years of vicious anti-Semitism that forced his family to flee Berlin. 8-page b&w photo insert, 47 b&w photos throughout. Agent: Patrick Walsh, Conville and Walsh Literary Agency, U.K. (Sept.)

 
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