Guy Walters in Hunting Evil deals with the Nazi war criminals who escaped, and the hunt to bring them to account. Many of those who had been involved in the genocide programme were assisted in their flight from justice. They were provided with false documents by diverse people and organisations; an Argentinian dictator who wanted their expertise, German and Austrian Nazi sympathisers and the Vatican.
Those involved in the official pursuit of the Nazis divided into factions; some wanted to bring the murderers to account, others to use them as spies against the Russians to prevent a third world war. Eventually the Nazis were stalked by self-appointed hunters, the most prominent being Simon Wiesenthal, although here there is doubt cast on his veracity.
Walters has written a powerful, horrific and true story that makes for compulsive reading. The monstrosity of the crimes committed, the hunt to bring them to answer for their deeds, and the inadequacy of the war crimes investigation which allowed so many to escape without censure are graphically described. The depth of the author’s research is impressive, with over a hundred pages of notes and bibliography.