• Comment certains sbires d'Hitler ont-ils échappé à la justice après la chute du III Reich ? Pour la première fois, les filières d'évasion, et les responsabilités du Vatican, de la Croix-Rouge et de la CIA sont dévoilées. Entre la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale et le début des années 1950, plusieurs dizaines de criminels de guerre nazis sont parvenus à fuir l'Allemagne et à échapper à la justice internationale. Quelles filières ont-ils suivi ? De quelles complicités ont-ils joui ? Où ont-ils trouvé refuge ? Gerald Steinacher démêle ici le vrai du faux, laissant de côté fantasmes et théories du complot, pour nous offrir un récit saisissant de la fuite des séides de Hitler les plus convaincus, ou les plus compromis.
    Le résultat de son enquête est édifiant : les filières d'évasion passent par le Tyrol, pour rejoindre ensuite les ports italiens et, au-delà, le continent sud-américain. Les fugitifs - Adolf Eichmann, Josef Mengele ou encore Klaus Barbie - bénéficient de papiers d'identité de la Croix-Rouge, du soutien du Vatican et de la protection de la CIA. C'est que, dans le cadre de la guerre froide en gestation, les puissances occidentales d'après-guerre avaient de nombreuses motivations pour exfiltrer d'anciens nazis, de la pénurie de personnel de renseignements à la lutte contre le " communisme athée ". Par cette enquête passionnante, où la réalité dépasse souvent la fiction, l'auteur retrace avec finesse ce moment d'histoire effarant.


  • This is the fascinating story of how Nazi war criminals escaped from justice at the end of the Second World War by fleeing through the Tyrolean Alps to Italian seaports, and the role played by the Red Cross, the Vatican, and the Secret Services of the major powers in smuggling them away from prosecution in Europe to a new life in South America.

    The Nazi sympathies held by groups and individuals within these organizations evolved into a successful assistance network for fugitive criminals, providing them not only with secret escape routes but hiding places for their loot. Gerald Steinacher skillfully traces the complex escape stories of some of the most prominent Nazi war criminals, including Adolf Eichmann, showing how they mingled and blended with thousands of technically stateless or displaced persons, all flooding across the Alps
    to Italy and from there, to destinations abroad.

    The story of their escape shows clearly just how difficult the apprehending of war criminals can be. As Steinacher shows, all the major countries in the post-war world had 'mixed motives' for their actions, ranging from the shortage of trained intelligence personnel in the immediate aftermath of the war to the emerging East-West confrontation after 1947, which led to many former Nazis being recruited as agents turned in the Cold War.


  • This is the fascinating story of how Nazi war criminals escaped from justice at the end of the Second World War by fleeing through the Tyrolean Alps to Italian seaports, and the role played by the Red Cross, the Vatican, and the Secret Services of the major powers in smuggling them away from prosecution in Europe to a new life in South America.

    The Nazi sympathies held by groups and individuals within these organizations evolved into a successful assistance network for fugitive criminals, providing them not only with secret escape routes but hiding places for their loot. Gerald Steinacher skillfully traces the complex escape stories of some of the most prominent Nazi war criminals, including Adolf Eichmann, showing how they mingled and blended with thousands of technically stateless or displaced persons, all flooding across the Alps
    to Italy and from there, to destinations abroad.

    The story of their escape shows clearly just how difficult the apprehending of war criminals can be. As Steinacher shows, all the major countries in the post-war world had 'mixed motives' for their actions, ranging from the shortage of trained intelligence personnel in the immediate aftermath of the war to the emerging East-West confrontation after 1947, which led to many former Nazis being recruited as agents turned in the Cold War.

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