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In 1990, in a drafty basement of the Central Ministry of the Interior in Prague, an American historian named Peter Black made a startling discovery: a dusty Nazi roster from 1944 kept hidden from the western world for nearly five decades. The single document helped unravel one of the most skillful mass murder operations in world history.In the obscure Polish village of Trawniki, top Nazi leaders built a training camp for murder and then recruited a roving army of brutal foot soldiers, 5,000 men strong, that ultimately helped the SS annihilate the Jewish population of occupied Poland. Black was no ordinary historian. Employed by a little-known unit inside the U.S. Department of Justice, he and his colleagues were racing against time to find the men who had taken part in these atrocities, only to flee to cities and suburbs across America after the war, hiding in plain sight.



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Debbie Cenziper

Debbie Cenziper is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The Washington Post. Over 20 years, Debbie's stories have sent people to prison, changed laws, prompted federal investigations and produced more funding for affordable housing, mental health care and public schools. She has won many major awards in American print journalism, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from Harvard University. She received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for stories about affordable housing developers in Miami who were stealing from the poor; a year before that, she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for stories about widespread breakdowns in the nation's hurricane-tracking system. Debbie grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Florida in 1992.



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