The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial
by Professor Lawrence Douglas
"[A] masterful account of Demjanuk's long, very strange case....deftly delivers disquisitions on nuanced legal questions as if they were plot points in a thriller..." — Wall Street Journal
An award-winning novelist as well as legal scholar, Douglas offers a compulsively readable history of Demjanjuk's bizarre case. The Right Wrong Man is both a gripping eyewitness account of the last major Holocaust trial to galvanize world attention and a vital meditation on the law's effort to bring legal closure to the most horrific chapter in modern history.
The Nazi Hunters
by Andrew Nagorski '69
"Andrew Nagorski's The Nazi Hunters comes at a significant point, at the juncture between living memory and the historical record... His account is highly objective and balanced... It's a narrative that will hold you, even if you've followed this story over the decades." — The Dallas Morning News
The Nazi Hunters reveals the experiences of the young American prosecutors in the Nuremberg and Dachau trials, Benjamin Ferencz and William Denson; the Polish investigating judge Jan Sehn, who handled the case of Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss; Germany's judge and prosecutor Fritz Bauer, who repeatedly forced his countrymen to confront their country's record of mass murder; the Mossad agent Rafi Eitan, who was in charge of the Israeli team that nabbed Eichmann; and Eli Rosenbaum, who rose to head the US Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations that belatedly sought to expel war criminals who were living quietly in the United States. But some of the Nazi hunters' most controversial actions involved the more ambiguous cases, such as former UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim's attempt to cover up his wartime history. Or the fate of concentration camp guards who have lived into their nineties, long past the time when reliable eyewitnesses could be found to pinpoint their exact roles.