The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 - History - 266 pages
The shocking story of how America became one of the world's safest postwar havens for Nazis
Thousands of Nazis -- from concentration camp guards to high-level officers in the Third Reich -- came to the United States after World War II and quietly settled into new lives. They had little trouble getting in. With scant scrutiny, many gained entry on their own as self-styled war "refugees," their pasts easily disguised and their war crimes soon forgotten. But some had help and protection from the U.S. government. The CIA, the FBI, and the military all put Hitler's minions to work as spies, intelligence assets, and leading scientists and engineers, whitewashing their histories.

For the first time, once-secret government records and interviews tell the full story not only of the Nazi scientists brought to America, but of the German spies and con men who followed them and lived for decades as ordinary citizens. Only years after their arrival did private sleuths and government prosecutors begin trying to identify the hidden Nazis. But even then, American intelligence agencies secretly worked to protect a number of their prized spies from exposure. Today, a few Nazis still remain on our soil.

Investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau, relying on a trove of newly discovered documents and scores of interviews with participants in this little-known chapter of postwar history, tells the shocking and shameful story of how America became a safe haven for Hitler's men.

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

I knew a bit about Operation Paperclip but it is shocking to learn the extent to which the United States government gave safe haven to Nazi war criminals, protected them, and even intervened on their behalf. Meticulously researched and thoroughly documented. Read full review

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How do you decide what to do when you need men to help fight Communism but the best are ex-Nazis? How do you justify allowing them to live as Americans for 50+ years THEN deciding they should be ... Read full review


1 Liberation
2 The Good Nazis
3 Minor War Crimes
4 Echoes from Argentina
5 Tilting at Swastikas
6 In the Pursuit of Science
7 Out of the Shadows
8 An Ugly Blot
10 A Good Party Spoiled
11 An Innocent Man
12 Backlash
13 Ivan the Terrible
14 The Road to Ponary
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9 The Sins of the Father

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ERIC LICHTBLAU is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter in the Washington bureau of the New York Times and has written about legal, political, and national security issues in the capital since 1999. He was the co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for his stories in the New York Times disclosing the existence of a secret wiretapping program approved by President George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks. He was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times for fifteen years before joining the New York Times in 2002. A graduate of Cornell University, he is the author of Bush ' s Law: The Remaking of American Justice, which one reviewer called All the President's Men for an Age of Terror." In the course of research for The Nazis Next Door, he was a visiting fellow at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. He lives outside Washington with his wife and children.

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