Nazi Hunters (DVD Review)10 Nov, 2011 By: John Latchem
The scars of World War II were felt long after the fall of Adolf Hitler in 1945. While many Nazi officers and collaborators had been put on trial in the years after the war, other high-profile agents managed to escape into parts of the world, such as Argentina and Brazil, that weren’t as concerned with their crimes.
Nazi Hunters depicts the harrowing secret missions designed to bring these men to justice, tying up loose ends decades after a war that for some had never really ended.
This compelling documentary series features eight episodes, each a thriller in its own right, covering the hunt for nine Nazis: Herbert Cukurs, Adolf Eichmann, Klaus Barbie, Erich Priebke, Joseph Mengele, Kurt Lischka, Paul Touvier and Gustav Wagner/Franz Strangl.
Some, such as Cukors, became the target of a cold-blooded hit squad arranged by the secret service of Israel, which was looking to establish itself as a country not to be messed with. Then there are the Klarsfelds, a German family who dedicated their existence to hunting Nazis.
Each episode is structured as a re-creation of the capture, with interviews from historians and people who were involved in the case. The urgency and focus with which the missions were carried out brings to mind current efforts to track down and eliminate members of al-Qaeda.