Hanns and Rudolf : The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz, Hardback Book

Hanns and Rudolf : The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz Hardback

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This is The Sunday Times Bestseller. Winner of The JQ Wingate Prize 2015. Shortlisted for the COSTA Biography Award. The true story of the Jewish investigator who pursued and captured one of Nazi Germany's most notorious war criminals.

Hanns Alexander was the son of a prosperous German family who fled Berlin for London in the 1930s.

Rudolf Hoss was a farmer and soldier who became the Kommandant of Auschwitz Concentration Camp and oversaw the deaths of over a million men, women and children.

In the aftermath of the Second World 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.

Lieutenant Hanns Alexander is one of the lead investigators, Rudolf Hoss his most elusive target.

In this book Thomas Harding reveals for the very first time the full, exhilarating account of Hoss' capture.

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 whose lives diverged, and intersected, in an astonishing way.


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A book highly recommended to me and one I regret to have finished today. At times harrowing in its content it follows the parallel lives of two men whose destinies came together in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of Nazi Germany. A fascinating book that raises questions of how the holocaust evolved and how some stood up against it while others embraced its evil ideology. Despite the content I enjoyed this book which has at its core the pursuit of justice for those who perished in the concentration camps. Well worth a read and one for the re-read pile at some point in the future!

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