The Real Odessa: Smuggling the Nazis to Peron's Argentina

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9781862075818: The Real Odessa: Smuggling the Nazis to Peron's Argentina

It has long been known that Adolf Eichmann, Josef Mengele, Erich Priebke, and many other war criminals found refuge in Argentina. Now, for the first time, a courageous Argentine journalist shows exactly how it was done. This riveting book is the first to map the precise details of the smuggling of Nazis into Argentina, an operation organized with the enthusiastic support of Peron’s presidential palace. Using previously unseen archival sources, The Real Odessa covers a wide geography — Scandinavia, Switzerland, Italy — and proves the complicity of the Vatican and the Argentine Catholic Church in one of the great postwar scandals. This is a factual, historical version of the events fictionalized in Frederick Forsyth’s best-selling novel The Odessa File.

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About the Author:

Uki Goni was born in 1953 and was educated in the USA, Argentina, Mexico, and Ireland. A regular contributor to American, Argentine, and British newspapers, 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 Peron's relationship with Nazi Germany. Since 1975, he has lived in Buenos Aires.


"A remarkable if depressing account...The only bright spot is Goni himself, who has dared to expose these bleak truths." -- Sunday Telegraph

"Documents for the first time how Juan Peron clandestinely maneuvered to bring Nazi and other war criminals to Argentina." -- New York Times--March 9, 2003

"Goni has powerfully exposed the deceits and conniving, and pierced what he calls the 'wall of silence'." -- Sunday Times (London)

"Goni's analysis of the arrival of Nazis and collaborators in Argentina is impressive and convincing." -- TLS

"This astonishing book delineates in gripping detail what was long suspected--and also hints at how much remains to be told." -- Foreign Affairs--January/February 2003

"To work as Goñi has...revealing the real Argentina in his journalism, calls for outstanding courage, commitment, dedication and talent." -- Robert Cox, Charleston Post and Courier

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