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Lead book review

The Nazi influence in Egypt

Justin Marozzi finds Egypt teeming with Germans after the second world war

6 August 2022

9:00 AM

6 August 2022

9:00 AM

Nazis on the Nile: The German Military Advisers in Egypt,1949-1967 Vyvyan Kinross

Nomad Publishing, pp.228, 19.95

The law of supply and demand is a powerful thing. In the aftermath of the second world war there were many thousands of suddenly underemployed German and Nazi rocket scientists, jet engine technicians, military leaders, chemical engineers, propagandists and other specialists on the international market. While many were snapped up by the Americans and Soviets, voluntarily or otherwise, there was no shortage left for countries such as Argentina and Egypt, which reckoned they could learn a thing or two from the market leaders in internal repression and weapons of mass destruction.

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