Pack of Thieves: How Hitler and Europe Plundered the Jews and Committed the Greatest Theft in History

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It was the largest organized robbery in history--the detailed, systematic looting of Europe's Jews by the Nazis and most of the nations of Europe: Axis, Allied, and neutral. Now, for the first time, prizewinning journalist Richard Z. Chesnoff details the full scope of this monumental theft of money, gold, jewels, art, and property that began in Germany with the rise of Adolf Hitler, continued through the Holocaust and the Third Reich's occupation of Europe, and culminated in a postwar cloaking campaign that stretched from Scandinavia to the Balkans to Iberia.

Chesnoff, who was among the first reporters to break the story that Swiss banks were still hoarding the assets of Holocaust victims, traveled to fourteen countries to research this heartbreaking, compelling story of human greed. With direct access to hitherto classified files and through exclusive interviews with bankers, government and Jewish officials, camp survivors, and the families of victims, Chesnoff tells a tragic tale that will make the headlines of tomorrow's newspapers. Revealing new details that many governments and bankers would prefer to remain secret, he describes the detective work used to trace Holocaust assets that continue to be hidden inside the systems of Allied nations such as France and the Netherlands. With the deftness that comes with a journalist's deep understanding of events, Chesnoff explains why it has taken more than fifty years for the world to even begin to come to terms with the massive pillage and plunder.

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"Ordinary language cannot muster the ugliness and twisted horror of Hitler's Nazi ideology. But in Pack of Thieves, Richard Chesnoff has not only carefully investigated the details of the crime, but with his descriptive pen in hand has created a fascinating story that does not give the reader a moment's rest. His story of the brutal organized and unorganized robbery that I would say was a relative in the family of murder completes the story of the gas chambers that cannot and must not be forgotten."
--Shimon Peres, Former Prime Minister of Israel

"Written with great skill and sensitivity, Richard Chesnoff's book deals with one of the most urgent moral problems of the post-war era."
--Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize Laureate

"Chesnoff's investigative reporting and insightful analysis make this volume an invaluable resource for anyone who wishes to understand the enormous scope and terrifying impact of the Nazi plunder."
--Robert M. Morgenthau, District Attorney, New York County

"Pack of Thieves opens closed doors to most of the European countries regarding attrition and robbery of Jewish property during the Holocaust and the post-Holocaust era. Until the present, most of the books on the theft of Jewish property have focused on particular governments, countries and nations. Pack of Thieves includes many countries, and brings alive the injustice of the plunder by telling the personal stories of the individuals who were victimized. It is a journalistic report reflecting Richard Chesnoff's award-winning and honest approach as a leading senior journalist who never yielded to either political or social pressures. It is important to read Pack of Thieves. Perhaps it will open the door to justice in the future among ethnic groups of the global universe."
--Professor Yaffa Eliach, author of There Once Was a World: A 900-Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok and creator of the "Tower of Life" exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

"Disturbing and grim descriptions, dogged research, and a savage picture of the past which ought to make us watchful for the future."
--Paul Newman, Actor

"The first comprehensive expose of the network of theft and cloaking employed by the Nazis, their collaborators, the neutrals--and even the Allies--to steal billions from the Jews of Europe before, during and after the Holocaust. An electrifying book that could only have been written by an international journalist of Richard Chesnoff's stature."
--Edgar Bronfman, President, World Jewish Congress

About the Author:

Richard Z. Chesnoff is a senior correspondent for U.S. News & World Report and op-ed columnist for the New York Daily News. Winner of both the Overseas Press Club and National Press Club awards, he has covered many of the major events and personalities of our times for more than thirty years. He lives in New York and France.

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