The Last Nazi

The Last Nazi

Josef Schwammberger and the Nazi Past

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Baker & Taylor
An investigation of the case of the last major Nazi war criminal likely to be brought to trial explores the legacies of the Holocaust and describes how Josef Schwammberger came to hold absolute sway over two Polish towns.

Book News
Tells of the career, escape, and eventual capture and trial of Schwammberger, a Nazi SS sergeant in Poland, and the elderly Jewish Holocaust survivors who testified against him. Traces the personal history of the survivors and the trial's impact on their lives and on German society. Details Schwammberger's escape from the Allied authorities after the war and his life in Argentina, and the machinations necessary to pursue him and bring him to trial. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Will there ever be a last Nazi? How will we remember, and understand, the Holocaust, after its remaining survivors and perpetrators have died? As neo-Nazi violence breaks out once again in Western Europe, and in the aftermath of John Demjanjuk's trial as "Ivan the Terrible," this poignant, provocative book powerfully explores the collective and individual legacies of the Holocaust.
In 1992 a German court tried a frail old man named Josef Schwammberger for crimes committed in Poland in World War II. Arrayed against him were the Jewish victims of those crimes, themselves elderly but determined in their last years to bear irrefutable witness against the atrocities of the Holocaust. Brilliantly interweaving a chilling account of Schwammberger's life before, during, and after World War II with the experiences of those who suffered, this book probes revealingly for answers to such questions as:
How did Schwammberger, an SS sergeant, come to hold absolute sway over three Polish towns with thousands of inhabitants? How accurate are his accusers' recollections? How did Schwammberger use the Red Cross to escape Allied authorities after World War II, and why did Argentina give him safe haven for forty years? Why did the German government make no serious effort to pursue Schwammberger, until Simon Wiesenthal established his whereabouts beyond question?
Reminiscent of Schindler's List in its passion and insight, this book movingly addresses both the persistence of the Nazi horror, now reemerging in "skinhead" violence and neo-Nazi splinter groups, and the inspiring capacity of the Jewish people to withstand and transcend the assault upon them. It will resonate with every reader concerned with our shared responsibility to remember.

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Explores the legacies of the Holocaust and describes how Josef Schwammberger ruled two Polish towns

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [1994]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780393035032
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 Fr 1994
Characteristics: 362 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Mendelsohn, Martin 1942-


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