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Hunt for Nazis

South America's Dictatorships and the Prosecution of Nazi Crimes

Daniel Stahl

378 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Hunt for Nazis is the first comprehensive account of the post-1945 efforts to bring Nazi war criminals who had escaped to South America to justice. The author shows that the Nazi hunt -- which resulted in spectacular cases like the kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann -- should not only be understood as part of the afterlife of the Third Reich, but that it also became an integral aspect of dealing with repression at the hands of authoritarian regimes in South America. Dissidents and human rights activists assumed that the escaped Nazi perpetrators and collaborators continued to be involved in violent crimes in the service of these new dictatorships.
Author Bio
Daniel Stahl is Research Associate at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. For the German publication of Hunt for Nazis Daniel Stahl received the Opus Primum award of the Volkswagen Foundation, Germany's largest private research funder.