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A History of Nazi Mercenaries During the Cold War

Published by Pegasus Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Shrouded in government secrecy, clouded by myths and propaganda, the enigmatic tale of Nazi fugitives in the early Cold War has never been properly told—until now.

About The Author

Dr. Danny Orbach is an associate professor in the History and Asian Studies Departments at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his PhD from Harvard University. His prior books include The Plots against Hitler and Curse on this Country: The Rebellious Army of Imperial Japan. The Plots against Hitler has been published in seven languages. Danny lives in Jerusalem.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Pegasus Books (March 1, 2022)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781643138961

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Raves and Reviews

"Uncovering incredible details from Mossad’s previously unseen archives, Orbach’s excellent book reveals the truth of what was, until now, a murky legend: the astounding collaboration between fugitives of the Third Reich and the secret services of both Soviet and West-allied powers, including Israel itself."

– Roger Faligot, author of Chinese Spies

“Nazism did not end in 1945. Many Nazis found refuge in the Middle East, some to continue their ideological war, others for escape and personal gain. Many got involved in the Cold War ‘Great Game’ of intelligence. Based on a wealth of hetherto never explored sources, Orbach’s compelling new book is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the Middle East and the postscript of WWII.”

– Professor Shlomo Shpiro, Chairman of the International Intelligence History Association and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligence History

“Danny Orbach tells the amazing story of a twenty-year postwar era in which former Nazi spies and soldiers found ways to continue plying their trade across Europe and the Middle East. Fugitives is a profoundly researched, highly original, and compulsively readable book which paints an often-shocking picture of postwar Germany and its connections to the wider world.”

– Benjamin Hett, professor of History, Hunter College and the Graduate Center and the author of The Nazi Menace: Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Road to War

“While the post-1945 careers of German scientists such as Wernher von Braun are well known, much less has been written about the intelligence agents who went from serving Hitler to serving the United States and its Cold War allies—including even Israel. Danny Orbach has delved deeply into notoriously inaccessible sources to uncover the murky stories of Reinhard Gehlen, Hermann Baun, Heinze Felfe, and other ex-Nazis who reinvented themselves. Anti-communism was the one element of Hitler’s ideology that could easily be repurposed after 1945. The problem, as Orbach shows, was that not every former Nazi was content to focus on the Soviet threat. Some (such as Felfe) were just as ready to side with Moscow against the West. Few rogues’ galleries can compare with the cast of turncoats, double agents, and merchants of death in Fugitives. I found it as gripping as a John le Carre´ novel.”

– Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and author of Kissinger, Volume I: 1923–1968: The Idealist

Praise for The Plots Against Hitler:

"The Plots Against Hitler provides a definitive history of the anti-Nazi underground’s efforts to overthrow the Nazi dictator. A riveting read well worth picking up.”

– Jewish Book Council

"In this comprehensive history, Israeli historian Orbach scrupulously analyzes the resistance movements that opposed the Nazis from 1933 to 1945. His superb research includes interviews with resistance survivors, family members, and relevant records from archives around the world. Likely to become the definitive general history of the subject and the starting place for all future research, Orbach’s work is a fascinating story of courage and an excellent study of the struggle of individuals to act morally and honorably.”

– Publishers Weekly

"This fresh look at the German Resistance will be appreciated by students of World War II history.”

– Library Journal

"A robust history of the German conspiracy against Nazism. A gripping look at a historical counternarrative that remains relevant and disturbing.”

– Kirkus Reviews

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