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

Hardback Published: 22/08/2013
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This is the Sunday Times bestseller. It is 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.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780434022366

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“Hanns and Rudolf”

A wonderful bit of writing here. This builds a picture of both Rudolf Hoess and Hanns Alexander, the man who hunted down the former Auschwitz Kommandant. Both men are shown to be real human beings, and it is the... More

1st December 2013
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“Hanns and Rudolf”

I don't know if you're allowed to say that you 'enjoyed' a book about such subject matter, but I did. It gives a real insight into how Rudolf developed from a seemingly normal child into the kind... More

28th October 2013
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“Popular history at its best”

This is a compelling and highly readable account of two very different individuals on a historical collision course. Thankfully, the author resists the temptation to paint one as a monster and the other a saint, and... More

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