This Christmas my parents got me a copy of the new book Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals In History, written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.
Holy shit, is it a page-turner!
I would say it would make for a good film, but there have been plenty of those Let’s-stick-it-to-the-old-Nazi-war-criminals-hiding-out-post-WWII movies (not to be confused with mere WWII movies, or Nazi-sploitation movies), and some of those very films were based on the real-life events detailed in this book.
Don’t get me wrong, because along with John-Wayne-in-his-autumn-years Westerns and Woman-gets-revenge-on-an-abusive-man thrillers, Let’s-stick-it-to-the-old-Nazi-war-criminals-hiding-out-post-WWII sub-genre is one of my all-time favorites.
Anyway, the book’s title pretty much sums it up; Nazi hunters scoured the world (mostly South America, because that’s where former Nazi war criminals liked to hang out) looking for such saints as Adolf Eichmann, Josef Mengele, Martin Bormann and Klaus Barbie (it’s tempting to laugh at the last name “Barbie”, except for the fact that the dude was believed to be responsible for the deaths of around 14,000 people).
Of course, the term “monster” is unbelievably generous for the likes of these…monsters (but still a fitting term nonetheless).
We’re talking about real Nazis here, not some “You disagree with me so you must be a Nazi” Nazis.
You know, the kind of Nazis who gassed millions of innocent people for the crime of being not white, blonde-haired and blue-eyed.
The kind of Nazis who impaled babies on bayonets.
The efforts of Mossad, and other Nazi hunters like Simon Wiesenthal, to bring these animals to justice are magnificently chronicled in Killing the SS. It’s 50 percent badass (the method in which Mossad kidnaps Eichmann and smuggles him back to Israel is the epitome of the term “badass”) and 50 percent horrifyingly tragic (the Holocaust is the epitome of “horrifyingly tragic”).
But 100 percent intriguing.
It’s yet another work that makes one ask:
“Who in his or her right mind would ever be attracted to anything as evil as Nazism?”
If only everyone else felt that way, then there wouldn’t be Neo-Nazis running around being racist and shit.
I don’t care if you love Bill O’Reilly, or if you have a Bill O’Reilly doll hiding in your bedroom closet with a dozen pins stuck in it.
Killing the SS is a great read.