Combining meticulous research with an easy to read narrative style, Bascomb has created a thrilling true tale of the hunting down, capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi responsible for the transportation of millions of Jews to concentration camps.
Eichmann disappeared after the end of the war, but, in 1956, a chance encounter brought his presence in Argentina to the attention of the Israeli secret intelligence network, the Mossad. After thorough surveillance and intelligence gathering, a crack team put together and pulled off a daring and extraordinary plan to grab Eichmann and transport him to Israel without going through an official extradition process.
Bascomb explains that it wasn’t only justice that the team sought, though every one of them had lost family in the Holocaust: He shows the importance of the trial in reminding the world of the horror of the ‘Final Solution’.
Bascomb’s many primary and secondary sources are meticulously detailed in the Notes, and never get in the way of the narrative flow. A list of the many participants is included to help the reader keep track, and there is also an extensive Bibliography, Photo Credits and Index.
Adapted from his adult book, Hunting Eichmann (Houghton, 2009), this is intended for middle grade and high school teen readers and is an excellent addition to both school and public library collections.