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April 1, 2018

Eichmann — “an unknowing cog in the killing machine”

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 4:35 pm

The title of this blog post is a quote from the following news article:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-man-in-the-glass-booth-adolf-eichmann-and-operation-finale/

Begin quote from news article:

April 1961, 16 years after the end of World War II.  A Nazi colonel named Adolf Eichmann stood trial in Israel for his part in the Holocaust … a master planner of what the Nazis called “The Final Solution” — their plan to eradicate Europe’s Jews.

“First count, nature of offense: crime against the Jewish people…”

Through a translator, Eichmann told the court, “As far as this question is concerned, I can only say that I’ve never killed anyone.”

Eichmann would become the only Nazi prosecuted by the Jewish people — enclosed in a bulletproof glass booth that anchors a traveling exhibit, currently at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg.

The purpose of the glass booth, said curator Avner Avraham, was to defend Eichmann “from people in the crowd that maybe can try [to] kill him.”

Eichmann would mount a defense [that] he was “just following orders,” overseeing the logistics of murdering millions — an “unknowing cog,” he claimed, in the killing machine.

“But he was the machine,” said Avraham. “He was in charge of all the schedules, all the trains. He sent the people to the camps.”  [But did he order the killing of the Jews? No]

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This 1961 file photo [above] shows Adolf Eichmann standing in his glass cage, flanked by guards, in the Jerusalem courtroom during his trial for war crimes committed during World War II.

AP Photo

The last time Jeff Cohen saw the glass booth, he was an 18-year-old American student visiting Israel, when his group was given tickets to the Eichmann trial.

He had sat about 15 yards from the defendant.

“But you could see him?” Axelrod asked.

“Yeah, oh, I could see him.”

“What exactly does it bring back?”

“It brings back the thoughtlessness of a human being who’s taken it upon himself to make the final decision,” said Cohen.

The trial is only half the story told by the exhibit. It also tells of his escape from Germany at the end of the war.

Eichmann was in U.S. custody, but his captors didn’t know who they had. He escaped, making his way to Italy, then in 1950 to Argentina, setting up home in a poor neighborhood, and living under the assumed name of Ricardo Klement. There, he got a position as the head of a department in Mercedes-Benz.

All would’ve been fine for Eichmann had his son, Nicholas — who didn’t change his last name — not started dating a young German woman whose family had also come to Buenos Aires. But her father had spent the war on the other side of the barbed wire: he was a concentration camp survivor.

“So that name, Eichmann, Nicholas Eichmann, it caught the attention of this girl’s father?” asked Axelrod.

“Yes,” said Avraham. “When he came to visit her at home, her father realized immediately that he is probably Eichmann’s son.”

Capturing Eichmann was the job of 11 Mossad agents — Israel’s version of the CIA — who snatched him off the streets of Buenos Aires in May of 1960, and transported him to Israel to meet justice.

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I recall reading about Eichmann when this story was happening. This was what got me started in the study of the Holocaust.

The news article continues with this quote:

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During the five-month trial, Adolf Eichmann would never admit his guilt. “I had to obey orders; I had to do it,” he said.

But for the first time survivors of the death camps had the chance to testify about the horrors they had endured.

One witness said, “We walked from early morning ’til late in the night. There were many who on the very first day fell and never got up.”

“What happened to those?” a lawyer asked.

“They remained on the roadside. They were either shot or beaten until they died.”

When asked if Eichmann showed even a shred of repentance, Cohen replied, “No, No. No. And if anything, he was kind of puffed up.”

If Eichmann thought he would just serve a few years in an Israeli prison before heading back to Argentina, then he gravely miscalculated. Eichmann was convicted of crimes against the Jewish people, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. He was hanged.

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End of story — that’s all she wrote, and she rubbed that out.

4 Comments »

  1. THE EUCHMANN KIDNAPPED IN ARGENTINA STORY BY HEROIC ISRAELI COMMANDOS. DRUGGED AND FLOWN TO ISRAEL WHERE HE WAS WAS THE CENTER OF A GIANT PUBLICITY STUNT PRODUCED BY THAT STATE HAS BEEEN INVESTIGATED AND FOUND TO BE FALSE BY A GERMAN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER LIVING IN SOUTH AMERICA (I THINK) NAMED GABI WEBER WHO ADDS NEW INSIGHTS EICHMANN’S POST WAR LIFE, WHILE STICKING TO THE OFFICIAL NARRATIVE THAT HE WAS HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IDUSTRIALIZED DEATHS OF MILLIONS. . AFTER VIEWING SOME OF THE HAMBONE WITNESS TESTIMONY OF THE EICHMANN TRIAL ARCHIVED ON YOU TUBE ONE BEGINS TO WONDER HOW HANNA ARENDHT KEPT A STRAIGHT FACE THROUGH ALL THE HISTRIONICS. GABI WEBER’S CASE FOR THE EICHMANN KIDNAPPING BEING DISINFORMATION IS PRESENTED AS A VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0569i90Gpuo&t=1627s. BUT THERE’S ALSO A PDF FILE OF THE NEWSPAPER STORY THAT INS[IRED IT FLOATING AROUND WHICH IT’S EASY ENOUGH TO FIND AND READ IF HER EICHMANN STORY IS OF INTEREST. THE NUREMBURG AND EICHMANN TRIALS WERE JUDICIAL FARCES. NUREMBURG WAS A MILESTONE IN THAT CREATIVELY EDITED MOTION PICTURE FILM PRODUCED BY ALLIED SYKE WAR (PSYCHOLOGICAL WARARE DEPTS). TOGETHER WITH FIELD PHOTO TEAMS OF HOLLYWOOD DIRECTORS AND TECHNICIANS WAS ENTERED AS EVIDENCE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF JURISPRUDENCE. THESE FILMS WERE LATER TEST MARKETED ON GERMANS IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD MOVIE HOUSES BY U. S. SOLDIERS IN THE U..S. ARMY DEPT. OF PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE SHAEF UNDER THE COMMAND OF ROBERT A. MCCLURE. , WILLIAM S. PALEY (HEAD OF CBS). C.D. JACKSON (EDITOR OF TIME. LIFE AND FORTUNE MAGAZINES) WHO WERE TASKED ASKED TO DETERMINE THEIR AS PROPAGANDA EFFICACY IN A POST-WAR SOCIAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM TO DE-NAZFY, DEMEAN AND ULTIMATELY DEMONIZE GERMANS.

    Comment by who dares wings — April 2, 2018 @ 8:36 am

    • This is a moving, incredibly touching contribution of illiterate twaddle, tosh and nonsense, presumably cobbled together by someone who gets his or her rocks of by engaging in Nazi glorification and Nazi crime denial, whilst sitting in a room decorated with photographs of Hitler and other particularly odious filth.

      Comment by David Neale ( and yes, that IS my real name) — April 2, 2018 @ 9:49 am

  2. Few people realize that your only realistic defense, when you face a court that is exempt from having to prove the crime you’re charged with, is that you were “just following orders.” That’s what happened at Nuremberg and the subsequent ‘Holocaust’ mock trials after WW2. The London Charter of August 8, 1945 provided that ” the [International Military] Tribunal [at Nuremberg] shall not require proof of facts of common knowledge but shall take judicial notice thereof.” The term “facts of common knowledge” was just Soviet-Allied legal jargon for “any part of the victor’s wartime propaganda deemed useful for the postwar conviction and execution of a number of defeated enemies.”

    Denying the ‘Holocaust’ before a postwar kangaroo court would have been a defense strategy as terrible as that of a heretic denying the existence of ‘God’ or the legitimacy of the religious establishment before the Inquisition Tribunal or a Sharia Court in order to show that he didn’t offend ‘God.’ Worst possible defense. Safest way to be called a devil worshipper or an unrepentant Nazi criminal and treated accordingly. Guaranteed death sentence. Undeniably and obviously better to try to be regarded as an unknowing or unwilling cog in a bigger machine.

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    “The Allies are still technically in a state of war with Germany, although the enemy’s political and military institutions have collapsed. As a military tribunal, this Tribunal is a continuation of the war effort of the Allied nations. As an International Tribunal, it is not bound by the procedural and substantive refinements of our respective judicial or constitutional systems” – [Chief United States Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials] Robert Jackson, July 26, 1946.

    Comment by hermie — April 1, 2018 @ 8:08 pm

  3. My heart bleeds for this decent man, who must have she’d tears of anguish for what he was forced to do. But, of course, this excuse was commonly used by those brought to book for excesses, and not only by the Nazis.

    He didn’t have to do it. He could if he’d wished have made a sharp exit, made himself scarce. But he didn’t, and was wholly complicit in what happened. He couldn’t claim ignorance about what was happening to the victims. It would maybe have been extremely difficult, and inconvenient, but he could have done it. He chose to do what he did, and he paid a very small price for the crime he was a part of, for the misery he caused.

    Comment by David Neale ( and yes, that IS my real name) — April 1, 2018 @ 4:53 pm


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