The Real Odessa | Granta

  • Published: 03/11/2022
  • ISBN: 9781783789252
  • Granta Books
  • 448 pages

The Real Odessa

Uki Goni

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.

Uki Goñi's five year search for collateral evidence led him to files in Europe that confirmed a true story more gripping than... fiction

The Times

A fascinating expose... essential

New Statesman

Breathtakingly sinister - the stuff of every postwar spy novel

Sunday Telegraph

The Author

UKI GOÑI is a journalist and writer based in Argentina. He regularly contributes to the Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and has also been an op-ed columnist for the New York Times. He has also published two books in Spanish: one on Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship, and the second, the precursor to The Real Odessa, on Perón’s relationship with Nazi Germany. He lives in Buenos Aires.

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