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Regrets, He Had a Few

What Eichmann wished he had done differently

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Adolf Eichmann, awaiting trial.(Getty Images/Der Spiegel)

In honor of the anniversary of Israel’s historic trial of Adolf Eichmann (which began fifty years ago next Monday), Der Spiegel is, in the best tradition of contemporary Germany, taking a hard look at the final years of the architect of the Final Solution, including its government’s own continued complicity in his freedom (German intelligence knew he was in Argentina as early as 1952, and the CIA knew a few years later).

The series is ongoing, and much of it is a tick-tock of the years leading up to his capture, containing previously known facts that are also described in Nextbook Press’s brand-new tome by Deborah Lipstadt, The Eichmann Trial.

However, Der Spiegel, which gained access to “formerly confidential, secret and top-secret documents” in a host of archives, did break some “news” over the weekend. Specifically, Eichmann did regret one thing about his actions during the Holocaust: That he didn’t finish the job. “We didn’t do our work correctly,” he told confidantes in a recorded conversation. “There was more that could have been done.” Was he just following orders? Er, no: “I was no ordinary recipient of orders,” he told them. “If I had been one, I would have been a fool. Instead, I was part of the thought process. I was an idealist.”

A Triumph of Justice [Der Spiegel]
Related: The Eichmann Trial [Nextbook Press]

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Old Jews allowed themselves to be fooled by gentiles during the nuremburg trials. The old generation of Jews now tricks young Jews as to the fate of nazi war criminals.
In fact less than 30 nazis were put on trial in the original nuremburg trials some were hung some were given prison sentences then RELEASED and some (3) were found not guilty. later another 125 or so nazis were put on trial. BUT in fact huge numbers of germs and other nazis took part in conducting the holocaust and most were never prosecuted, a fact kept secret from young Jews by th eold hofjuden establishemnt in america.

I just checked the head of hitler youth was not executed nor were 99% of ss concentration guards.
the american govt decided to protect nazis after wwII, the sec of defense, stinson used a self hating hofjude in his employ to come up with a plan to save germany instead of bulldozing it like morganthau wanted, and morganthau was to weak to convince roosevelt of anything. roosevelt then appointed a supreme court judge to prosecute a handful of nazis and make it seem like america is anti nazi.
Its a shame that so many american jewish leaders sold their souls to america from wwII to today and work(ed) to destroy american and european jewry. when was the last time you heard a jewish leader tell Jews to be fruitful and multiply?
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Regrets, He Had a Few

What Eichmann wished he had done differently

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