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From the New York Times reporters who first uncovered SS officer Aribert Heim’s secret life in Egypt comes the never before told story of the most hunted Nazi war criminal in the worldDr Aribert Heim worked at the Mauthausen concentration camp for only a few months in 1941 but left a devastating mark According to the testimony of survivors Heim euthanized patients with injections of gasoline into their hearts He performed surgeries on otherwise healthy people Some recalled prisoners' skulls set out on his desk to display perfect sets of teeth Yet in the chaos of the postwar period Heim was able to slip away from his dark past and establish himself as a reputable doctor and family man in the resort town of Baden Baden His story might have ended there but for certain rare Germans who were unwilling to let Nazi war criminals go unpunished among them a police investigator named Alfred Aedtner After Heim fled on a tip that he was about to be arrested Aedtner turned finding him into an overriding obsession His uest took him across Europe and across decades and into a close alliance with legendary Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal The hunt for Heim became a powerful symbol of Germany's evolving attitude toward the sins of its past which finally crested in a desire to see justice done at almost any cost As late as 2009 the mystery of Heim’s disappearance remained unsolved Now in The Eternal Nazi Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet reveal for the first time how Aribert Heim evaded capture living in a working class neighborhood of Cairo praying in Arabic beloved by an adopted Muslim family while inspiring a manhunt that outlived him by many years It is a brilliant feat of historical detection that illuminates a nation’s dramatic reckoning with the crimes of the Holocaust


10 thoughts on “The Eternal Nazi From Mauthausen to Cairo the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim

  1. says:

    This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews255So the only reason I read this was because of I Was Told to Come Alone My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet In that book she had a huge chapter about Cairo which was where she got arrested by the Egyptian police and was confined for ages Like that was probably one of the most worrying parts of that book which says a lot since Mekhennet went and interviewed jihadis and went into their campsThis book was the reason why she got arrested Egypt thought she was trying to make them look bad for harboring Nazi fugitives when she was just trying to expose the truth Sadly I just didn't find it as good as I had wanted to I kept spacing out while I listened to it So suddenly all of these German names make no sense and why are we talking about Islam and who is this illegitimate daughterThe focus is just so off for me It had a great potential for me too While I do like reading nonfiction about the actual atrocities committed by Nazi Germany in order to learn about what humans are capable of I also like reading about people hunting for them My problem with this book was that it jumped around so much Sometimes the book was actually about Aribert sometimes it was about the main investigator sometimes it was about Aribert's family The topic of the book was all over the place making it hard for me to pay attentionWhen I did pay attention it was really interesting and I could jump back in with only a little bit lost on me pretty easily Both authors were good writers but it was just that I had an issue paying attention and knowing what to pay attention to Feel free to blame it on me listening to audiobooks at work on a stressful day when I'm definitely going to pay very little attention to the audiobook


  2. says:

    The Eternal Nazi is a good but not great look at the decades long hunt for SS doctor Aribert Heim During WWII Heim served at the concentration camp Mauthausen where he performed unspeakably cruel acts Though he initially escaped prosecution following the war by the early 1960s Heim is forced into exile in Egypt while a determined German investigator named Alfred Aedtner doggedly pursues him The Eternal Nazi is well written well researched and very interesting in a lot of ways It's an interesting look at the families of Nazis and how the justified what their relatives did and supported them even at great personal cost It's an interesting look at Germany's evolving relationship to its past and how there were definitive tides of anti Nazi feeling And it's an interesting look at what constitutes justice But while it has these many interesting points the story itself is a bit anticlimactic As a fugitive Heim necessarily lives a uiet and uninteresting life And the search for him is decades long without much success This isn't a movie with some tense chase scene where everything comes together view spoilerRather though Heim is hunted the entire time he is not found Alfred Aedtner spends his life hunting Heim but dies before he finds him The search which is the heart of this story is in the end unsuccessful and Heim is never prosecuted By the time it is eventually uncovered what happened to him Heim has been dead for 17 years hide spoiler


  3. says:

    Doctor Heim was an SS doctor during the war While he apparently saw some frontline service taking care of soldiers he also spent time as a doctor at the concentration camp at Mauthausen He was athletic and taller than average Witness testimony indicates he murdered Jews by various means while at the camp These included operating on people without any pain medication and removing their organs injecting gasoline into their hearts and multiple witnesses stated he liked perfect skulls and people with perfect teeth were in danger of being murdered so he could take their skulls for his collection He survived the war and after being interred in a prisoner of war camp for some time was released as not being one of the bad guys as no testimony had been advanced about his time in the concentration camp and he neglected to mention that in his record of service he recorded for review of his case The doctor went on to establish a medical practice as a gynecologist and married a doctor They started a family and had several children As Nazi offenders became news as they were hunted and prosecuted the doctor became uneasy as efforts were being made to find him He moved and cut ties to some of his past to make it difficult to be found He stopped playing hockey despite being very good at it Eventually in the 1960s he hired a lawyer known for representing those accused of war crimes and purchased property that could generate rental income to support himself and his family He then fled the country as it appears sometime likely tipped him off the authorities were getting ready to arrest him His case became very public as Simon Wiesenthal famed Jewish Nazi hunter published his name and the crimes he was wanted for He disappeared from view and despite a large reward being offered for information leading to his apprehension he was not located Eventually the German authorities realized he was being supported at least in part by income from owning an apartment building in Berlin They began legal proceedings to take the building from him to cut off his income In some ways it was trial in absentia as his lawyer appeared but he did not The German government was successful in cutting off this funding Unbeknownst to those hunting him Dr Heim fled to Egypt and lived out the rest of his life there He changed his name and lived in an apartment with little contact with other Europeans in fear he might be recognized He eventually converted to Islam and spent time writing a book based on very uestionable research claiming the Jews were actually descended from a Turkish tribe and their claims for a Jewish state were based on a false understanding of history He eventually suffered from cancer and his youngest son visited him and stayed with him until he passed away in the 1990s Dr Heim was never put on trial for what he did as a concentration camp doctor His family including a daughter from outside his marriage suffered shame and reproach because of their connection with him However he did suffer some loss He was cut off from anything like the society he grew up with and spent nearly 50 years in exile living in fear of discovery He lost his family and aside from his youngest son the rest of his family had little to no contact with him Had he allowed himself to be arrested in the 60s Germany at this time had banned the death penalty and the sentences for offenders during this time indicate he likely would have been allowed to serve his time and return to his family and society By running away he lost that chance


  4. says:

    The Eternal Nazi From Mauthausen to Cairo the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim is written by Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet It is a semi biographical sketch of SS officer Aribert Heim a medical doctor by profession and an able ice hockey player He was serving at Mauthausen during 1941 People who survived the concentration camp reported that he used to take pleasure in operating healthy people without giving them anesthesia Plus he decorated his table with skulls of victims and offered the same as gifts to his matesPost war he served 3 years at prisoner of war camps as treating the prisoners His bloodcurdling horrors at Mauthausen didn’t surface then and around 1947 he was set free Thus he moved to West Germany In 1949 he married and started practicing gynecology in Baden Baden He remained there for than a decade However he left his home around 1962 after he heard the news of hanging of Adolf Eichmann a leading practitioner of deadly Nazi pseudoscience in IsraelA list of 70000 names of war criminals was complied by establishments like Jewish Historical Documentation Centre and similar by the Allies Around 1946 first case was proceeded at Dachau where 61 people were tried and 58 were sentenced to death by hanging All of them were working at Mauthausen More than 1400 Nazis were convicted at the court overseen by members of the US military These many Nazis along with the Nuremberg trials which were 116 in number were concluded by 1949 Foundation of Federal Republic of Germany that also happened around the same year was one of the factors which led to the hastening off the trials Moreover factors like lack of funds and infrastructure along with beleaguered investigators made the trails go uickly relatively Politically the country was in a mode of assembling the broken pieces and in building up of the social set up that was left after the warAmericans that were supposed to help in re establishing the southeastern area were soon become concerned with the nascent political threat posed by the Soviet Union Conseuent upon which Allies pivoted to bureaucrats to help with the transition Some of these bureaucrats were former Nazis who were partaking role in providing justice to war criminalsIt is at this social milieu two people one a Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal and second an unknown police investigator Alfred Aedtner decides to take up the job of finding the Eternal Nazi Aribert HeimSocio politically accelerating stress on prosecuting his case made him fled Europe Somewhere along the lines his prosecution became fervor with these two men as wellHeim’s place of hiding Cairo Egypt surfaced only after his death although he did remain in touch with his family via physical mail using codenames The lonely and detached life in the company of local children that he led in Cairo was uite antithetical of what he had lived in MauthausenAlthough the trails against the SS officers were termed as the postwar justice but the justice was far from thoughtful trials and sentencing In fact people with an awakened historical consciousness like Alfred Aedtner or Wiesenthal’s tireless uest for retribution called for bloody punishments even at the sake of their own lifeThe book is indeed a slow read No doubts Kulish and Mekhennet have been pretty much successful in scraping the barrel while surfacing the post war lives of old NazisReproduced from The Eternal Nazi


  5. says:

    A thrilling read from the New York Times reporters who uncovered the real story behind SS Doctor Aribert Heim A historical account that reads with twists and turns and reviewers agree “He was hardly as famous as Josef Mengele but Aribert Heim was every bit as vicious And like Mengele this doctor torturer murderer eluded his hunters until the very end The Eternal Nazi finally reconstructs Heim’s dark odyssey—from his sadistic practices in Mauthausen to his life in hiding as a convert to Islam in Cairo Part detective story part meditation on how family loyalties obstructed those seeking justice this book is a remarkable achievement”—Andrew Nagorski author of Hitlerland American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power“With exacting detail and a rich cast of characters The Eternal Nazi chronicles the feverish zigzagging hunt for the barbarous Dr Heim A journalistic masterpiece and a thrilling read”—Neal Bascomb author of Hunting Eichmann“This is a deeply reported fascinating tale of obsession and the heavy burden of family and national guilt Nick Kulish and Souad Mekhennet take us on a gripping search for the handsome Nazi doctor who became one of the world's most elusive war criminals”—Evan Thomas author of Ike's Bluff


  6. says:

    The Eternal Nazi is a well researched and methodically told history of how Dr Aribert Heim eluded capture after being known as Dr Death at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp During his time at Mauthausen Dr Heim was known for almost unspeakable cruelties including keeping the skulls of his victims and injecting gasoline into the hearts of healthy patients After the war Heim was able to clear American detention rushed due to demobilization and begin a trek that differed from so many other Nazi’s choosing to relocate to Egypt as opposed to Latin America The story tracks the investigation for the Doctor as well as his efforts to remain hidden which included name changes and eventually a conversion to Islam It is a riveting read packed with detail and does not get bogged down at any point Well worth the time for those who are interested in the hunt for Nazi war criminals or those who enjoy a good drama filled chase


  7. says:

    Ok not that I am rooting for violence but I did think that this book would go into details about Dr Heim's procedures and his crimes I thought that this book would focus on Dr Heim's time in the concentration camp Instead if focused on the time span from when Dr Heim escaped the camp and Police investigator Alfred Aedtner's hunt to find him The investigation was intriguing It was amazing how Dr Heim could be easily missed by the authorities It is not like he really was hiding out that well Well not in my opinion He was able to do so because of all of the miscommunication or sloppy investigating If it was not for people like Alfred not willing to give up then criminals would be able to get away with a lot back in this time period This book did along uickly as it spanned time periods A interesting look into history and events that should not be forgotten for the people who lived it


  8. says:

    This book would've been interesting if it was about Aribert Heim As it was it seemed to be about every other SS doctor There was very very little Heim himself The book seemed to randomly cut away to what other SS doctors and war criminals had doneUnfortunately this made this book not only hard to read but it gave them impression that Heim really didn't commit what he's said to commit I don't think that was the intention nor do I think he was innocent but we aren't given really anything about him It's basically 'he killed Jews' and 'someone said he performed one operation with the patient awake' I'm not saying that's a good thing It's just so vague and then it cuts out to all these other doctors and other criminals and goes into great detail It just makes it sound by contrast that what Heim did wasn't not were near the supposed title of Doctor Death the book gave him


  9. says:

    Aribert Heim was a gynecologist who as the camp doctor at Mauthausen concentration camp committed crimes so heinous they are hard to read about Following the conclusion of WWII Heim went to prison for 3 years the brutality and barbarity of all his crimes had not been fully discovered practiced medicine in Baden Baden and then went on the lamb ending up in Cairo where for a time at least he led a decent middle class life Eventually as German authorities and the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal took up the chase his life deteriorated to the point that the authors remark that the life he led was so bad and desperate that he would likely have had a much better life had he submitted to German justice which by then had abolished the death penaltyThe difference is that his victims lost their lives through painful tortured medical procedures some committed while they were alive while he had his life as desperate as it becameBy the time of his death in 1992 and for some time thereafter authorities and Weisenthal could not place the precise time of his death continuing to believe he was alive even after he died he became the Number 1 Nazi killer being hunted As the investigation proceeded his family became caught up in the investigation such that there were journalists and an American prosecutor who accused his son and Heim's daughter born out of wedlock of being complicitous in his escape Prosecutors refused to commit to his date of death because doing so meant the end of the government search for him something both Wiesenthal and other Nazi hunters did not want since he was after all the most wanted Nazi of those known to still be aliveA number of things reported here surprised me including the information that Egypt was a prime destination for Nazis on the run German scientists and stormtroopers populated Cairo and assisted Gamel Nasser in modernizing Egypt's weaponry and military This one fact explained much about Egypt's invasion of Israel in the Six Day War in 1968


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    Not only was The Eternal Nazi about the hunt for Nazi doctor Aribert Heim it was also a book about why so many Nazi war criminals were never brought to trial Europe was such a mess after World War II it almost seems amazing any Nazis were prosecuted When Dr Heim realized his days of freedom were possibly going to come to an end in Europe he fled to Cairo one place where no Nazi hunters appeared to be looking for him Why those searching for him did not think to follow Aribert Heim's youngest son or uncover where he had travelled was the one uestion the authors did not seem to ask or answer For his youngest son often visited Dr Heim in Egypt including up to 1992 when Aribert Heim was dying of cancer The book also ends on a strange note with a uote from Dr Heim's illegitimate daughter Waltraut who never met her father but only knew him from her mother's stories She only said good things about him Waltraut said For me he was a role model Why did the authors end their story about an atrocious Nazi doctor who used Jewish skulls to decorate his desk with that uote?Overall though The Eternal Nazi was an informative and engrossing read One of the interesting things the authors mentioned was how the German people were profoundly affected by the mini series Holocaust That American TV show seemed to have uickly educated an entire generation that had been kept ignorant about much of the horrors of Nazism It is so many such facts like that which makes Nicholas Kulish's and Suad Mekhennet's work one that will greatly appeal to the general public Not surprising by a book written by journalists since the general public is who journalist are taught to write for and educateNote I received a free ARC of this book from Vine