By Thomas Harding
WINNER OF THE WINGATE PRIZE
The “compelling,” untold tale of the fellow who introduced one in all Nazi Germany’s such a lot infamous warfare criminals to justice—“fascinates and shocks” (The Washington Post).
May 1945. within the aftermath of the second one global battle, the 1st British conflict Crimes research staff is assembled to seek down the senior Nazi officers answerable for the best atrocities the area has ever obvious. one of many lead investigators is Lieutenant Hanns Alexander, a German Jew who's now serving within the British military. Rudolf Höss is his such a lot elusive objective. As Kommandant of Auschwitz, Höss not just oversaw the homicide of a couple of million males, ladies, and youngsters; he was once the guy who perfected Hitler’s application of mass extermination. Höss is at the run throughout a continent in ruins, the only guy whose testimony can determine justice at Nuremberg.
Hanns and Rudolf reveals for the first actual time the whole, exhilarating account of Höss’s catch, an come upon with repercussions that echo to today. relocating from the center jap campaigns of global struggle I to bohemian Berlin within the Nineteen Twenties to the horror of the focus camps and the rigors in Belsen and Nuremberg, it tells the tale of 2 German men—one Jewish, one Catholic—whose lives diverged, and intersected, in an outstanding approach. this can be “one of these precise tales that illuminates a small justice within the aftermath of the Holocaust, an occasion so large and heinous that there might be no final justice” (New York Daily News).