Fugitives : A History of Nazi Mercenaries During the Cold War
Danny Orbach

Fugitives : A History of Nazi Mercenaries During the Cold War


In the aftermath of WWII, the victorious Allies vowed to hunt Nazi war criminals “to the ends of the earth”. Yet many slipped away to the four corners of the world or were shielded by the Western Allies in exchange for cooperation. Other Nazi fugitives became freelance arms traffickers, spies and covert operators, playing a crucial role in the clandestine struggle between the superpowers.  From posh German restaurants, smuggler-infested Yugoslav ports, Sauerkraut-reeking Damascene safehouses, Egyptian country clubs and fascist holdouts in Franco's Spain, Nazi spies created a chaotic network of influence and information. This network was tapped by both superpowers, as well as by the West German, French and Israeli secret services. States, governments and spy agencies attached excessive importance to Nazi agents, adding a combustible ingredient to the Cold War covert struggle.

Shrouded in government secrecy, clouded by myths and propaganda, the tangled and often paradoxical tale of these Nazi fugitives and adventurers has never been properly told - until now.



Book Details:

  • Author: Danny Orbach
  • On Submission
  • Rights Sold
    • UK: Hurst
    • US: Pegasus
    • Israel: Kinneret Zmora Publishing House
    • Hungary: Europa Kiado,
Danny Orbach

Danny Orbach

A veteran of Israeli intelligence, Danny Orbach is an associate professor for history and Asian studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He  studied for more than ten years in Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Harvard Universities. As a historian, commentator and political blogger, he  has published extensively on German, Japanese, Chinese, Israeli and Middle Eastern history, with a special focus on military resistance, disobedience, rebellions and political assassinations. He is also studying the history of espionage, intelligence and military adventurers.   
More about Danny Orbach

Book Reviews

  • "  Uncovering incredible details from Mossad’s previously unseen archives, Orbach’s excellent book reveals the truth of what was, until now, a murky legend: the astounding collaboration between fugitives of the Third Reich and the secret services of both Soviet and West-allied powers, including Israel itself."
    Roger Faligot, author of Chinese Spies
  • "a richly detailed story of the extensive role of German intelligence and military advisers in the Cold War decades. The book is full of shady characters and preposterous plots, making it an entertaining read for fans of real-life espionage history. "
  • "Exceptional. A work of prodigious research and original storytelling that sheds remarkable and troubling light on one of the darkest corners of recent history."
    Philippe Sands, author of The Ratline and East West Street
  • "impressively researched...a murky saga of espionage, paranoia, and betrayal, of double agents, charlatans, covert arms deals, killings, fugitive war criminals, Nazis in high places, all manner of sleaze, and endlessly shifting allegiances..."
    American Spectator
  • "a horrifying and entertaining account of the role played by former (or so they claimed) Nazis in Cold War espionage… one salutes him for his assiduous delving into so many archives, including previously unopened Mossad files, and truffling out so many riveting stories."
    Daily Telegraph
  • "This shocking study unearths the shadowy postwar lives of Hitler’s henchmen.... with echoes of Eric Ambler’s thrillers, of freelance gunrunners and intelligence peddlers taking shelter after the war in “smuggler-infested Yugoslav ports, Damascene safe houses and fascist holdouts in Franco’s Spain...consistently absorbing and judiciously written study."
  • "new, compelling and eye-opening book about a grubby time…   an important and ground-breaking book ."
  • "   Orbach writes in a fluent and readable style… Fugitives is genuinely revelatory and Orbach’s research is impressive and scholarly. More to the point, the  many fascinating narratives he relates here could easily provide the raw material for a dozen espionage novels. "
    William Boyd, New Statesman