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How the Nazis Tricked the Last Jews of Europe

Christopher Hale



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01 November 2019
History; Second World War; Jewish studies
The first book to tell the complete story of Adolf Eichmann's plan to deceive the last Jews of Europe. 'I suppose you know who I am? I was in charge of the actions in Germany and Poland and Czechoslovakia. I am prepared to sell you one million Jews: Goods for blood ... Blood for goods.' These were the chilling words uttered by one of the most notorious Nazi bureaucrats, SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann, to a young Jewish businessman called Joel Brand in the spring of 1944. Brand embarked on a desperate mission to persuade the Allies to barter with Eichmann and failed. 400,000 Hungarian Jews were taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau packed in cattle trains, gassed, and then incinerated. For decades after 1945, many blamed the Allies for callously abandoning a million Hungarian Jews to their fate. In Deception, Christopher Hale presents a new account of the 'Brand Mission' based on evidence in the national archives of Germany, Hungary, Britain and the United States. Hale reveals that Eichmann's offer formed one part of a monstrous deception designed to outwit the leaders of the last surviving Jewish community in Europe. The deception was more complex and from the German point of view more successful than any equivalent operation mounted by the British secret service such as 'Operation Mincemeat'. AUTHOR: Christopher Hale is the author of Himmler's Crusade (Bantam, 2003), Hitler's Foreign Executioners (THP, 2011) and Massacre in Malaya (THP, 2013). He has made numerous documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and many other broadcasters. Himmler's Crusade won the prestigious Italian Premio Gambrinus 'Giuseppe Mazzotti' prize. Hitler's Foreign Executioners was longlisted for the History Today/Longman's History Book of the Year in 2011 and was a bestseller in Poland. He lives in Berlin. 20 b/w illustrations
By:   Christopher Hale
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780750988179
ISBN 10:   0750988177
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   01 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

CHRISTOPHER HALE is a non-fiction author and film maker who has worked all over the world, making documentaries for most of the major broadcasters including the BBC and National Geographic. His first book Himmler's Crusade (Bantam, 2004), won the prestigious Gambrinus `Giuseppe Mazzotti' award in 2003.

Reviews for Deception: How the Nazis Tricked the Last Jews of Europe

Hale takes the reader through the myriad connections which make this story so compelling. This impressive study is a surefire addition to the literature of contemporary Holocaust History and Memory Studies. -- Dr Paul A. Levine Hale offers a compelling mix of micro detail, combing the records, piecing together a shattered narrative, alongside a masterful overview of the Holocaust as a whole ... Superb and very chastening. -- Martin Davidson

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