Operation Eichmann: Pursuit and Capture by Zvi Aharoni

By Zvi Aharoni

Adolf Eichmann, the guy chargeable for engaging in Hitler's "final solution", escaped to South the United States on the finish of the struggle. He lived a modest lifestyles, less than an assumed identify, as an Argentinian citizen. yet he used to be now not secure from justice. In 1960 the Mossad agent Zvi Aharoni hunted him down, proven his id past all doubt, and in a covert and unlawful operation smuggled him, drugged to maintain him quiet, again to Israel. This nice manhunt had all of the drama and intrigue of fiction, however it is a real tale, retold right here via the fellow who pulled it off, opposed to all odds.

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Operation Eichmann: Pursuit and Capture

Adolf Eichmann, the fellow accountable for conducting Hitler's "final solution", escaped to South the USA on the finish of the struggle. He lived a modest existence, less than an assumed identify, as an Argentinian citizen. yet he was once now not secure from justice. In 1960 the Mossad agent Zvi Aharoni hunted him down, proven his identification past all doubt, and in a covert and unlawful operation smuggled him, drugged to maintain him quiet, again to Israel.

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Besides that, several officers in the same camp either knew or guessed his true identity. In December 1945 Eichmann asked for an officers' meeting. Even in selfinflicted defeat, friends were noble, helpful and good: 'It was part of the unwritten code of honour, that an officer could only escape if all of his offi­ cer comrades or the responsible German camp commander had given their approval, because it was possible that the comrades left behind would be sub­ jected to reprisals/ Eichmann told the others that he intended to 'discharge himself'.

The people in the room were still standing upright like basalt columns, because there was not one millimetre of space between them. They could neither fall down nor even lean sideways. Some families were still holding hands, even in death. It was hard work to pull them apart, when emptying the chamber to make room for the next lot. 'The corpses were thrown out, just as they were, discoloured blue, covered with sweat and urine, the legs soiled by excrement and menstrual blood. A few dozen workers searched the mouths of the dead, which they ripped open with hooks, for gold teeth.

Not every person whom I evacuated was killed. I had no knowledge whatsoever about who was killed and who was not killed. ' Whatever Adolf Eichmann may have done within the context of the Holocaust, afterwards he described himself as having been merely an exchangeable dummy. ' An outright lie, because Eichmann pursued the industrialised mass murder with great personal commitment. Despite the fact that his workload threatened to swamp him, he still always found the time to follow up the cases of individual Jews and to apply all the powers at his command to send the person concerned to his death.

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