Cashing Out: The Flight of Nazi Treasure, 1945–1948 (Hardcover)

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Cashing Out: The Flight of Nazi Treasure, 1945–1948 (Hardcover)


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Fascinating tale of Nazi attempts to secure their plunder by sending it out of the war zone via neutral countries Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland. This prompts the Allies to launch Operation Safehaven in efforts to thwart the theft of national and personal treasures. Reads like fiction! For fans of The Monuments Men and Operation Mincemeat.

— Patsy

When Nazis looked to flee Europe with stolen art, gems, and gold in tow, certain “neutral” countries were all too willing to assist them.

By the end of January 1945, it was clear to Germany that the war was lost. The Third Reich was in freefall, and its leaders, apart from those clustered around Hitler in his Berlin bunker, sought to abscond before they were besieged. But they wanted to take their wealth with them.
Their escape routes were diverse: Sweden and Switzerland boasted proximity, banking, and industrial closeness, while Spain and Portugal offered an inviting Atlantic coastline and shipping routes to South America. And in various ways, each of these so-called neutral nations welcomed the Nazi escapees, along with the clandestine wealth they carried.
Cashing Out tells the riveting history of the race to intercept the stolen assets before they disappeared, and before the will to punish Germany was replaced by the political considerations of the fast-approaching Cold War. Bestselling author Neill Lochery here brilliantly recounts the flight of the Nazi-looted riches—the last great escape of World War II—and the Allied quest for justice.
Neill Lochery is a world-renowned source on the politics and modern history of Europe and the Mediterranean Middle East. He has authored a series of critically acclaimed books, including the international bestseller Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945 and Brazil: The Fortunes of War, World War II and the Making of Modern Brazil. Neill appears on TV and radio around the world, and is also a frequent contributor to leading newspapers. 
Product Details ISBN: 9781541702301
ISBN-10: 1541702301
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication Date: November 7th, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English
“The record laid out here is damning… Perhaps the most striking—and dispiriting—lesson of ‘Cashing Out’ is that the wartime decisions countries make are almost always self-interested, no matter how great the moral issues at stake.”
 —Wall Street Journal

“A searing indictment… [Lochery] serves up an indignant blend of globe-spanning true crime, financial skullduggery, geopolitical and diplomatic history, and cloak-and-dagger intrigue.”—Publishers Weekly

“A singularly excellent tale, nuanced and rich, original and eloquently told, and of deep relevance for our times.”—Philippe Sands, author of The Last Colony