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Szkolnikoff (Hardback)

Hitler’s Jewish Smuggler

Military WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Pierre Abramovici
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 223
Illustrations: 21
ISBN: 9781473861862
Published: 26th May 2016




As featured on Mail Online: The Jewish crook who was HITLER'S top smuggler for stolen loot...

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On 10 June 1945, a charred body was discovered near Madrid. The man was identified as Mendel Szkolnikoff, a Jew of Russian origin who was probably one of the biggest traffickers of the Occupation; since 1941 he had collaborated with the Germans by supplying textiles to the SS and the Kriegsmarine in particular.

In a remarkably short space of time, Szkolnikoff amassed a spectacular fortune including prime real estate in the most sought-after areas in Paris and various hotels and 'palaces' on the French Riviera. Although his property and fortune were impounded after the Liberation, the French authorities have continued to pursue his descendants to this day, which is in fact, illegal!

Seventy years after his death there are still many questions that remain unanswered: Who did Szkolnikoff actually work for and who was it who protected him? What happened to the enormous amounts of money he deposited in his Monacan, Swiss and Spanish bank accounts before he died? Who was the mysterious commando unit who captured and killed Szkolnikoff in Spain in 1945? Was he actually killed or did he manage to escape?

The true story of Mendel Szkolnikoff has never been fully investigated, until now. After consulting over 6000 boxes of archives in 5 different countries, Pierre Abramovici is finally able to provide answers to these questions and reveal the truths behind the many myths that have surrounded this fascinating and complicated character.

As reviewed in

Essence Magazine

As featured in.

The Daily Mail 23/6/16

Featured on Penniless Press

The Penniless Press On-Line

About Pierre Abramovici

Historian Pierre Abramovici is a former reporter, investigative journalist and documentary maker. His published works include Un rocher bien occupé : Monaco pendant la guerre – 1939-1945 (Le Seuil, 2001) and Le Putsch des généraux (Fayard, 2011).

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