The American government secretly recruited former Nazi researchers—including those who had participated in horrific war crimes.
Amazon's new series, Hunters, tells the story of a group of 1970s New Yorkers who spend their time tracking down Nazis hiding in America and bringing them to bloody justice. It's only based on real history in the loosest possible sense—real Nazi hunters pursue legal justice, not extrajudicial vengeance.
But that doesn't mean that everything in the series springs purely from the imagination of its writers. In the show's first episode, we see FBI agent Detective Millie Malone investigating the murder of German-American NASA scientist Gretel Fischer, only to find a photo of a young Fischer posing alongside Adolph Hitler. Gretel Fischer isn't real—but it's very true that NASA hired former Nazis.