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Definitely one of the best things I've listened to this year, its part historical, part thriller, part biography...... Its the entwining of the lives of two extraordinary people (extraordinary for very different reasons) that make this book so mesmerising. It really gives a sense of scale to the evil that is within living memory.
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I really enjoyed listening and reading this at the same time, each chapter swaps to each character. I had to remind myself that this was not fiction due to the pace once it gets going to the very end and how both characters came into each other’s lives.
I’m glad Mr Harding found out about this and decided to research it further as there has to be loads of stories like this about the subject of WW2 and the Holocaust which haven’t been told or found yet.
Highly recommend this audiobook if you are interested in the WW2 / Holocaust era.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Parallel narratives between the rise and fall of Rudolf Hoess, infamous commandant of Auschwitz and the fall and rise of the Jewish refugee who led the hunt converge in the Nazi's ultimate capture. Hoess' tale has been told before but the story of his pursuer, a distant relative of the author, adds a fatalistic element. Will appeal to those with an interest in the how the Nazi war criminals we're brought to justice as well as those who like a decent true life detective story.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
The fate of Hoess won't come as a surprise but the pursuit and how he was captured might. The fact that Hans was a relative of the author and how this impacted him brings a nice personal element to the telling.
What does Mark Meadows bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Hans' backstory and the subtle reminder that the generation who lived to tell this tale will soon no longer be with us.
Was Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz worth the listening time?
I enjoyed it. There are some interesting and suspenseful elements in Hoess' evasion and pursuit. My one complaint is that as heroic as Hans was and as vile as Hoess was, it was Hoess' narrative line that was more compelling and interesting sad to say.