The Nazi Code (El código nazi)

Mexico’s false neutrality in World War II.

Mexico, 1940´s. Lorenzo Blanquet is a spy and right-hand man of Secretary of Defense Lázaro Cárdenas. He accepts the assignment given to him by a Jewish refugee, which is to kill the man who ratted him out to Hitler’s regime, a German in charge of murdering thousands of innocent people in Europe and who is now shipwrecked off the coast of Veracruz and in possession of a mysterious box.

Blanquet begins to follow his trail and patiently stalk him in order to expose him. However, with every step he takes, things become less clear and he must unravel a complicated plot of revenge, betrayal and manipulation, where no one is who they say they are and things are not what they seem.

Amid concentration camps and Nazi spies infiltrating the Mexican governments of the time, this novel tells the story of Mexico’s role in World War II. During the establishment of concentration camps for German, Japanese and Italian immigrants, many innocent citizens were taken away from their property and freedom. The Nazi Code (El código nazi) reveals the extortion exercised against immigrants who desperately sought refuge in Mexico, the fostering of discriminatory and racist anti-Semitic sentiments, and the complicity in allowing the entry of Nazi agents. Ultimately, everything that was hidden behind the false and apparent neutrality of the country.


RELEVANT DATA: The Nazi Code (El código nazi), based on real events that occurred during World War II and on the short story entitled The Man with the Box (El hombre del cofre), this story´s premise focuses on a Mexican historical fact about which little has been said or written. It also probes into the depths of the ambiguity that governed Mexican politics and public opinion during that time. All the characters in the novel existed, with the exception of the three main characters that the author uses as a pretext to develop the story in which he unveils the dark parts hidden by history.

Its author, F.G. Haghenbeck, was “the genius of the crime novel”. Considered as one of the youngest authors to cause a revolution in the national literary panorama, he was one of the most important authors of the new generations, since he wrote several international best-sellers translated into about twenty languages.

The author received the National Novel Award ¨Una Vuelta de Tuerca¨, the Nocte Award for Best Foreign Book, the Gourmand Award in France (becoming the first Latin American author to receive such distinction), the Fine Arts Award for Novel Jose Ruben Romero, the LIJ Norma Award, and the Bram Stoker Award for his work El diablo me obligo – a novel that was adapted for the successful Netflix series “El Diablero”.


What the critics have said:

“This thriller set in Mexico amplifies and puts in the reader’s hands, with a direct style and an excellent sense of humor -despite the subject matter- a Mexican scenario dominated by political intrigue and complicity, based on a historical fact about which little has been said and written in our country: the detention camps for Germans and Japanese.” Pendulo (literary blog)


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