Jane Berick Adolf Eichmann Research

  • All information is from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Eichmann
  • raised Calvinist Protestant
  • attended the same high school as Hitler 17 years before
  • member of a scouting group with some right-wing extremists
  • family friend with a local SS member, which is how he got involved in the party
  • worked for SS in Prague and Germany, and later Hungary
  • one of the major organizers of the Holocaust
  • head of the department for “Jewish Affairs” in the SS
  • eventually in charge of all deportations into Poland (Nazi-occupied)
  • planned to deport Jews to Madagascar, but this never took off
  • facilitated the deporting of Jews to the ghettos
  • promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the SS in fall 1942, his highest ever rank
  • he did not create policy but instead carried out operations
  • after the war, he emigrated to Argentina with fake passports
  • eventually became a department head at Mercedes-Benz
  • he was captured in 1960 in Argentina, and smuggled to Israel
  • during interrogations, he claimed he was simply following orders and had no authority in the party
  • he appeared to show no remorse nor recognize the impact of his crimes
  • the prosecution took 56 days to present and included information about the Holocaust overall
  • he never felt the annihilation of the Jewish people was justified, but did not feel guilty for his part
  • He was found guilty in December of 1961 and sentenced to death by hanging
  • the defense appealed this to the Israeli Supreme Court, who rejected it
  • he and his wife and lawyer also petitioned the president of Israel for clemency, which was rejected by the president and the cabinet

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