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authors of this book are journalists and conducted meticulous research. Aribert
Heim was a Nazi doctor who committed stomach-churning atrocities while serving
at the Mauthhausen Concentration Camp as part of the Waffen-SS.
war's end, Heim was in American custody but was released because of his
relative anonymity. Then, as the dust began to settle and authorities were
close on his heels, he was tipped off by sympathizers in the new government.
Aedtner was a perfect example of a civil servant doing his job with tenacity
and unswerving dedication. A former soldier in the German army, he became a
police officer and eventually was assigned the job of bringing war criminals to
justice. Like many others, Heim was able to evade justice until his death in
book provided fascinating new insight into the intricacies of the decades-long
search. It is the first account in which the search is conducted by someone who
was a part of the Nazi war effort, yet his dedication was undeniable.
The authors make the interesting argument that the
continuing search and prosecution of those who were captured, such as Eichmann,
kept the issue alive, preventing the German government, which included many
high ranking Nazis, from ignoring the atrocities their country had committed.