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Book Reviews — “Hanns and Rudolf” by Thomas Harding

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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 5:20 pm, Wed Feb 26, 2014.

Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz by Thomas Harding, Simon & Schuster, 348 pages

Thomas Harding was at his great-uncle’s funeral in 2006 when he found out that the deceased, Hanns Alexander, had hunted down and captured the kommandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, shortly after the end of the World War II. At first, he didn’t believe it, as his Uncle Hanns was known as a rogue and a prankster, prone to exaggeration. But as a journalist and former documentary filmmaker, Harding had to find out if it was true. The results of his research, pieced together from histories, biographies, archives, family letters, old tape recordings, and interviews with survivors, is a gripping nonfiction psychological thriller, in which we get to know both Alexander and Höss as people, beginning with their childhoods.

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