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The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth
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The Odessa File (1972)

by Frederick Forsyth

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The Odessa File is a thriller by Frederick Forsyth, first published in 1972, about the adventures of a young German reporter attempting to discover the location of a former SS concentration-camp commander.

The name ODESSA is an acronym for the German phrase "Organisation der Ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen", which translates as "Organisation of Former Members of the SS". The novel alleges that ODESSA is an international Nazi organisation established before the defeat of Nazi Germany for the purpose of protecting former members of the SS after the war.
  MasseyLibrary | Mar 14, 2018 |
An investigative journalist discovers the diary of a concentration camp survivor and decides to track down the commandant of the concentration camp and attempt to bring him to justice.

The Odessa File is a pretty decent espionage thriller complete with a shadowy nazi organisation dedicated to protecting war criminals and an ongoing plant to complete the work they started with the holocaust. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Feb 21, 2017 |
An early work from the father of the modern espionage thriller, and it contains my biggest pet peeve: a protagonist doing something incredibly stupid. And it’s okay. Peter Miller is a reporter, not a trained undercover agent. Through the convergence of bad luck, laziness, entitlement and not truly believing all the precautions taught to him were necessary, he blows his cover almost immediately. The story never really hinged on this anyway. It’s about how the diary of a Holocaust survivor who killed himself leads to the investigation The ODESSA, a real-life Nazi organization that used stolen wealth to further their twisted philosophies. To varying degrees Forsyth always used fiction to expose reality. He is always entertaining while doing so. ( )
  JohnWCuluris | Jun 28, 2016 |
What an amazingly researched book. I had read it before and it was still haunting. The heartbreaking tragedy in Riga described in the diary of the Jewish suicide victim is worse than the heartbreak of how many SS members were allowed to stay in Germany or get set up in business in the days after the War.

Many reviewers have commented on the enormous amount of research Forsyth must have done in preparation for this book is outstanding. Highly recommend. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
I read this one as a teen.When I was obsessing about second WW maters somehow. Frederick Forsyth book's popularity in 70's found its way into our family book shelf too, and that's how I got to read The Odessa File.
However, I did not come to like it much, it more seemed to me like a 007 movie and found the plot somehow unconvincing. ( )
  GazelleS | May 11, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Frederick Forsythprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bruna, DickCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fuente, Ana María de laTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lavanne, JaakkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Niessen-Hossele, J.F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tropea, MarcoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The  suicide of an elderly German Jew explodes into  revelation after revelation: of a Mafia-like  organization called Odessa ...of a real-life fugitive known as the  "Butcher of Riga"..of a young German journalist  tumed obsessed avenger.......and, ultimately, of brilliant, ruthless plot  to reestablish the worldwide power of SS mass  murderers and to carry out Hitler's chilling  "Final Solution."

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A young reporter finds himself in a life-and-death hunt for a notorious Nazi criminal.

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