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Hanns and Rudolf The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz by Thomas Harding
  

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

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Two men that couldn’t have been more different, Rudolph Hoess, Kommandant of Auschwitz and Hanns Alexander, the German Jew who, as a member of British forces, helped track down Hoess and put him on trial. Hanns had seen what was happening in Germany and fled to Britain before the War, Hoess meanwhile was a faithful Nazi, a family man whose children played just yards from the Auschwitz boundaries. The contrast between the two is stark and Thomas Harding looks at what made these men, how they saw their lives and political allegiances and their ultimate fate.

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Hanns and Rudolf The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz by Thomas Harding

This is shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award. A gripping thriller, an unspeakable crime, an essential history . (John Le Carre). 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 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, Hanns and Rudolf tells the story of two German men whose lives diverged, and intersected, in an astonishing way.

Reviews

Thomas Harding has shed intriguing new light on the strange poison of Nazism, and one of its most lethal practitioners... Meticulously researched and deeply felt. -- Ben Macintyre The Times, Book of the Week

Fascinating and moving...This is a remarkable book, which deserves a wide readership. -- Max Hastings The Sunday Times

About the Author

Thomas Harding is a journalist who has written for The Sunday Times, the Financial Times and the Guardian, among other publications. He founded a television station in Oxford, England, and for many years was an award-winning publisher of a newspaper in West Virginia. He lives in Hampshire, England.

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Publication date

1st May 2014

Author

Thomas Harding

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Publisher

Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
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Biography: historical, political & military

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20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9780099559054

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