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The Hunt for Nazis: The Real-Life Captures That Inspired The Debt

Posted August 22, 2011 to photo album "The Hunt for Nazis: The Real-Life Captures That Inspired The Debt"

John Madden’s THE DEBT tells the tale of a trio of Mossad agents who hunted down a wanted Nazi war criminal. We explore the stories of the many real-life Nazi war criminals who went into hiding after the war, and the people who tracked them down to bring them to justice.

The Debt's Hunt for Nazi Criminals
Nazi War Criminals After the War
Adolf Eichmann, the Transportation Administrator
Capturing Eichmann
Josef Mengele, the
Mengele's Escape
Martin Bormann, Hitler's Private Secretary
The Hunt for Martin Bormann
Martin Bormann's Death
Barbie's Hunters
The Trial of Klaus Barbie
Aribert Ferdinand Heim,
Erich Rajakowitsch
Franz Paul Stangl,
Hermine Braunsteiner Ryan
Herberts Cukurs
Dinko Šakić
Nazi War Criminals After the War

Nazi War Criminals After the War

“Death To Jews” scrawled on a Buenos Aires synagogue following Adolph Eichmann’s capture

The tumult that followed World War II enabled a number of prominent — and infamous — Nazis to elude justice. Some changed their identities. Others went into hiding, living in fascist Spain (particularly the Mediterranean resort town of Denia) and Argentina. A few high-ranking Nazi officers were put on the U.S. government's payroll, employed by the CIA to use their skills  — honed exterminating some 11 million Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, mentally and physically handicapped people, and communists  — in the war against Red Menace. Yet while these servants of Hitler’s Master Race may have found refuge, not all escaped. Both private individuals and organizations (such as Simon Wiesenthal and the Jewish Documentation Center) and government bodies (the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations) have spent years in the hunt for Nazis, like the 10 war criminals mentioned here.