The shocking story of how America became one of the world's safest postwar havens for Nazis.
Until recently, historians believed America gave asylum only to key Nazi scientists after World War II, along with some less famous perpetrators who managed to sneak in and who eventually were exposed by Nazi hunters. But the truth is much worse, and has been covered up for decades: the CIA and FBI brought thousands of perpetrators to America as possible assets against their new Cold War enemies. When the Justice Department finally investigated and learned the truth, the results were classified and buried.
Using the dramatic story of one former perpetrator who settled in New Jersey, conned the CIA into hiring him, and begged for the agency's support when his wartime identity emerged, Eric Lichtblau tells the full, shocking story of how America became a refuge for hundreds of postwar Nazis.
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It would be inappropriate to say that I enjoyed this book, given its horrific tales both of Nazi cruelty and of CIA amorality. I did learn a lot, especially about the government, that I hadn't known before. This wasn't, however, a book that was easy to listen to with focus or comprehension, despite Malcolm Hilgartner's skillful presentation. The book didn't seem to follow a logical progression, and it was hard at times to keep track of the story lines concerning each Nazi. At times the book seemed downright repetitive, so that, bored, I would stop listening for a while. I kept wishing I had a table of contents to which I could refer as I listened; it would have helped me to get a clearer picture of the book's structure. At any rate, for those who, like me, don't necessarily know much about the post-war immigration - or importation - of Nazis into the US, the book is revealing.
The seamy side of America's war on Communism, is that the CIA let thousands of Nazis settle peacefully in the U.S. Lichtblau provides ample evidence of this premise. He does so in an interesting, and sometime sarcastic manner, that the reality of this situation would engender.
His research indicates that the right wing Foster Dulles was the architect, of this policy. In addition to (overthrowing a few elected governments in Costa Rica and Iran,"info not included in this book") pardoning a few ex Nazis was on his to do list.
After all, weren't the Communists our real enemy, and what's a few dead Jews, gypsies, and partisans between friends?? Yea, and I personally hate the airport named after him in D.C, and then there was the 'successful Bay of Pigs operation', (What, politicians with irrational fears making them do crazy things,- this could never happen, again ?) .but I won't let that get in the way of a good story. And this is an interesting and well authored book.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
This book reveals how thousands of Nazis were welcomed into this country after (and during) WWII, being put to work in our own scientific endeavors or as spies for the CIA. "Nobody hated Russians like the Nazis", the thinking went. Members of death squads, doctors who performed experiments on Jewish prisoners, camp directors, SS officers, Hitler advisors; all welcomed and protected by agencies of our government, even as Nazi hunters found and attempted to prosecute some of them for their war crimes. Nazi hatred was replaced by the Red Menace, and many human monsters lived long, comfortable lives in America because of that. Disheartening and reprehensible behavior reported here.
this riveting book shines a bright light, finally, on the stupidity of bringing Nazi war criminals into the US, paying them as spies against the communists. No real information of any consequence is discussed. Chilling.
There were a few interesting stories, but the delivery and flow didn't capture my attention. I was expecting more depth, but it was more investigative than a step-by-step timeline piece.
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