This series of thirteen one-hour films tell the tale of an extraordinarily tenacious group of people, the Nazi Hunters who painstakingly hunted down some of the most hated and reviled people on earth. Sometimes they did it for the highest of motives but sometimes resorted to methods that, when revealed, would horrified their own supporters.
They were chasing men whose war crimes were so horrendous that they demanded retribution. And there were many prepared to pursue the perpetrators until justice was done – from Churchill to the SAS to the Strategists who planned the D Day landings and Mossad. These stories of pursuit and the struggle to balance the scales of justice are full of drama, intrigue and tragedy. Who should be pursued? Should death always be the penalty for Nazi war crimes? In some cases it
was alleged that it was the pursuers who lose their sense of decency and proportion. These are some of the great vengeance stories of the last hundred years.
The series of thirteen one-hour films by N M Productions reveals:
It’s a trip into a disturbing, secret world, where morality is sometimes lost and motives are complex. There are tales of terrible atrocities – by both sides - brilliant detective work, raw courage, huge risks and low cunning. There is deceit, ruthlessness and revelation. There are heroes, villains, liars and plotters – and that’s not counting the Nazis, some of the most evil men the 20th century ever produced.
The series starts in the dying days of the Second World War when the allies started compiling a list of atrocities and exterminations committed by the Nazi leadership and built a list of names who they wanted captured, interrogated and tried. As Europe was overrun this had top Nazis running for cover as the combined British and US intelligence services closed in on them.
After that the story changes to the Nazis the allies pursued less rigorously, in the view of their victims. However the allies’ dilemma was that they could not put every Nazi supporter on trial – as that encompassed the majority of Germans at one time. So a line was drawn – over which some felt compelled to step. Nazi Hunters like Serge and Beate Klarsfeld who brought Klaus Barbie, the butcher of Lyon to justice and the French who were responsible for the house fire which killed SS thug Joachin Peiper after his sentence was reduced. Even the British SAS took justice into their
own hands. For years after the war Nazis involved in a massacre of an SAS unit met their deaths after a silent visit from British special forces.
Each film will come at the viewers with relentless pace and a powerful storyline. These are real thrillers from a time when the truth really was darker and more compelling than fiction.