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Nazi Hunters

Premier :: 2010-10-02

Airs :: Wednesday 8:00 PM on National Geographic

Genre :: Documentary

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Nazi Hunters tells the tale of a tenacious group of people who have painstakingly hunted down some of the most hated and reviled people in history. After the list of atrocities was compiled and the names of the perpetrators were circulated, the work to hunt them down began in earnest. The Nazi Hunters were chasing men whose war crimes were so horrendous that they demanded retribution from the whole world. And there was no shortage of people prepared to pursue the perpetrators until justice was done – from Churchill and the SAS to the strategists who planned the D-Day landings and Mossad. These stories of pursuit reveal the secret plot involving a future president of Israel and a famous poet to poison six million Germans; how the most famous Nazi hunter of them all took the credit for a capture that he had nothing to do with; how the SAS took the law into their own hands to get their revenge; and how one of the most infamous Nazi hunts ended with controversy over a skull buried under a Berlin railway station. These incredible stories take a trip into a disturbing, secret world, where morality is sometimes lost and motives are complex. And, in a final twist, we’ll see how the men chasing the war criminals resorted to methods that, when revealed, would horrify their own supporters.

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 1 - Hunting the Nazi Rocket Scientists
Aired - 02 October 2010

Episode summary:

These stories of pursuit and the struggle to balance the scales of justice are full of drama and tragedy. Brilliant German scientists worked for the Nazi regime in the 1930s and 1940s, creating the V2 ballistic missile. When the war ended, the US was desperate to get its hands on these scientists before the Russians did. They wanted their expertise as the need for military superiority overrode any concerns of bringing these criminals to justice. Their wartime work hid a dark secret. Hundreds of slave labourers died building the V2. There was a chase across Germany in 1945 to get them before the Russians did. But these rocket scientists had blood on their hands.

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