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Nazi criminal Eichmann tapes: the mistake was “we didn't do our job properly”

Tuesday, April 5th 2011 - 09:49 UTC
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SS Eichmann , alias Ricardo Clement was captured in Argentina and hanged in Israel SS Eichmann , alias Ricardo Clement was captured in Argentina and hanged in Israel

Tapes revealed by Germany’s Der Spiegel shed light on the life of a fugitive Nazi criminal in Argentina after the Second World War (1939/1945). Contrary to his claim during his trial in Israel that he was only following orders, Adolf Eichmann boasted to his friends that he was part of decision making process.

During his trial in Israel in 1961, one of the major organizers of the Holocaust insisted that he was only following orders, but documents and tapes revealed over the weekend by German magazine Der Spiegel show that Adolf Eichmann was an enthusiastic Jew-hater and held on to his anti-Semitic opinions even after World War II.

Before being arrested by the Israeli Mossad illegally operating in Argentina, Eichmann took pride in the crimes he committed and even told a journalist that his only mistake was not murdering all the Jews.

Der Spiegel describes the Nazi criminal's life in Argentina after the war, under the alias of “Ricardo Clement”. According to the report, he found it difficult to conceal his real identity and quickly abandoned the hiding and security measures and discussed his Nazi past with his friends.

As opposed to many of his former SS friends, Eichmann had a hard time providing for his family, the paper said, based on the Eichmann biography written by David Cesarani. He used to meet regularly with two journalists with a Nazi past and pour his heart out to them: Willem Sassen, of Dutch descent, and Eberhard Fritsch, a German-born Argentine.

Contrary to his main claim during the trial, that he was simply following orders, Eichmann boasted to his friends that he was an idealist who took part in the decision making process. The three would meet every Sunday at Sassen's home in a Buenos Aires suburb and record their conversations.

“I didn't just take orders,” Eichmann said. “If I had been that kind of person, I would have been a fool. Instead, I was part of the thinking process, I was an idealist.”

The tapes were found in the German Federal Archives in Koblenz. They include not one word of regret from the man who was one of the masterminds and executors of the Final Solution and who was condemned to death by an Israeli court for crimes against Jews and against humanity.

According to the tapes, Eichmann regretted only one thing – the “mistake” he made by not murdering all Jews. “We didn't do our job properly,” he said. “We could have done more”.

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  • briton

    .The mistake was “we didn't do our job properly”
    What an affront to the millions of innocent slaughtered by them, and a disgrace of all those countries that supported them, and still do today support evil dictators

    Apr 05th, 2011 - 01:45 pm 0
  • yul

    2 nd paragraph ! not true ... Mossad aint ,
    Shin Bet has been acting in spies paradise Argentina !
    There must be made query in ESMA which had relations
    with Israeli Intelligence Units !

    Apr 05th, 2011 - 02:14 pm 0
  • NicoDin

    Yeah, yeah, I agree with you Briton like British crown did perhaps?. Awful such a shame!

    Prince Philip joining nazi funeral.

    “Philip's Relatives Work for the SS

    The husband of Philip's sister Sophie, Prince Christoph, was embraced by the Nazis, who saw him as a channel to the appeasement faction in Britain epitomized by King Edward VIII. Joining the Nazi Party in 1933, by 1935 Prince Christoph was chief of the Forschungsamt (directorate of scientific research), a special intelligence operation run by Hermann Göring, and he was also Standartenführer (colonel) of the SS on Heinrich Himmler's personal staff. The Forschungsamt used electronic intelligence-gathering methods to police the Nazi Party, while working with the Gestapo against the Catholic Church, the Jews, and labour organizations. When rumours of homosexuality spread against Capt. Ernst Roehm of the Stormtroopers, Himmler turned to the Forschungsamt's eavesdroppers, and ordered the ``Night of the Long Knives'' as a result. The eldest of Prince Christoph and Sophie's children was named Karl Adolf, after Hitler. Later, Prince Philip would promote his education.”

    Apr 05th, 2011 - 07:39 pm 0
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