The Eternal Nazi

The Eternal Nazi

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

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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"The compelling story of the hunt for Aribert Heim, whose decades-long flight from justice turned a mid-level SS officer and concentration camp doctor into the most wanted 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 horrifying mark on the memories of survivors. According to their testimony, 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. In the chaos of the postwar period, Heim was able to slip away from his dark past and establish himself as a reputable doctor in the resort town of Baden-Baden. He was tall, handsome, a bit of a charmer, and quickly settled down with a wife and children in peace and comfort. But certain rare individuals in Germany were unwilling to let Nazi war criminals go unpunished. Among them was a police investigator named Alfred Aedtner, who turned finding Heim into an overriding obsession; his quest took him across Europe and across decades, and into a close alliance with legendary Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. This is the incredible story of 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. He became the "Eternal Nazi," a 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2014
ISBN: 9780804166447
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: Mekhennet, Souad
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May 23, 2019

Depressing topic but a very educational book. A must read for those with an interest in history.

ChristchurchLib May 20, 2014

"The Eternal Nazi provides a chilling, detailed account of Dr. Aribert Heim's war crimes and his post-World War II life. Though he later claimed that his involvement with the Nazi party was minimal, a significant number of eyewitnesses reported the atrocities he committed as camp physician at Mauthausen. After the war, he stayed several steps ahead of Nazi hunters and eventually settled in Cairo, where he lived for 30 years until his death in 1992. In this thoroughly researched account, journalists Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet also profile the efforts of German detective Alfred Aetner and others who hoped to bring Heim to justice. They never caught him, but this book offers some resolution to his case." Biography and Memoir May 2014 newsletter


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