The Real Odessa
A groundbreaking work of investigative journalism revealing the complicity of the Vatican and the Swiss government in aiding Nazi war criminals’ escape from Europe to Argentina – reissued with a new preface by Philippe Sands and additional material.
As Russian forces closed in on Berlin, and Hitler’s premiership drew to a close, many Nazi officials fled Germany. In this startling, meticulously researched account, acclaimed journalist Uki Goñi unravels the complex network that led them to Argentina. Relying on international support – in Scandinavia, Switzerland and Italy – and the enthusiasm of the Vatican and President Juan Perón, Goñi shows how this ‘ratline’ allowed Adolf Eichmann – the architect of the ‘Final Solution’ – Josef Mengele, Eric Priebke, and many more, into the country.
Both riveting and rigorous, this remarkable investigation sheds vital light on both a disquieting episode in Europe’s history, and the ties between Argentinian Catholic Nationalism and Fascist movements in Europe.