This post contains affiliate links. I happened to see Nazi Saboteurs by Samantha Seiple on the library shelf in the teen section, and I was instantly intrigued. I had never before heard that there was a group of Nazis that came on American shores with the intention of sabotaging the American war effort.
About Nazi Saboteurs by Samantha Seiple
This is a short book (approximately 200 pages) that Seiple wrote for teens. Therefore, the author does a good job simplifying and explaining things that the reader may not be familiar with.
The book tells the story of a group of misfits that all had lived in the United States for some time and found themselves back in Germany. Each one was tapped for the sabotage project, but from the beginning, the project was doomed. The fatal flaw was that not all of the men were Nazi loyalists. Some of the men were in difficult positions with no way out until they were tapped for the project.
For instance, Herbert Hans Haupt was born in Germany but lived in America most of his life. He is a United States citizen, but he left the U.S. when his girlfriend told him she was pregnant. Haupt ran to Mexico to escape his situation, and then followed one bad lead after another for jobs and easy opportunities. He found himself in Nazi Germany and needed a way out.
Another man chosen for the project had been in a concentration camp for two years for speaking out about the Nazi regime.
Suffice it to say, as soon as the saboteurs landed on American soil, the project was doomed.
My Thoughts on Nazi Saboteurs
I enjoyed this book. But I would suggest a few changes. For instance, Seiple doesn’t included a run down of each of the men complete with their pictures until page 72. I would have appreciated having this right in the beginning of the book since it was hard to keep track of each man.
Second, Seiple’s writing style made me feel sorry for some of the saboteurs. Even if you didn’t consider their sabotage mission, these weren’t good men. One man had two wives, neither of which knew about the other. Haupt left his pregnant girlfriend in the lurch. On and on. None of the men had good character, and yet by the end of the book, I found myself feeling sorry for them, which I didn’t want to do!
However, overall, this book sheds light on an event that I never heard of before. I’d recommend this book for kids 14 and up as well as adults.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.