The Daily Mail reports today in various editions that National Socialist Adolf Eichmann, who schemed to exterminate Jews for the sake of the Aryan race, the volk and the state and fled to Argentina when Nazi Germany lost the Second World War, admitted his role during interviews with a Dutch journalist. The Nazi and the pro-Nazi reporter discussed Eichmann’s complicity in 1957.
“If we had killed 10.3 million Jews, I would say with satisfaction, "Good, we destroyed an enemy,” Eichmann told the Nazi sympathizer, Willem Sassen. The interviews were conducted with audio recordings which are sampled in a new documentary film by producer Kobi Sitt, a grandson of Nazi holocaust survivors. Sitt was granted access to the recordings after he pursued acquiring them for 20 years. Sitt used 15 hours of the interviews with Eichmann, who was captured by Israel in 1960, tried, convicted and executed in 1962 when he was 56.
“I'm not afraid of the memory,” filmmaker Sitt told the Daily Mail. “I'm afraid of the forgetfulness.”
The Daily Mail article cites a variety of scholars on Nazi Germany, including David Cesarani, who wrote Eichmann: His Life and Crimes, Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of The Eichmann Trial, Alan Levy, author of Nazi Hunter: The Wiesenthal File, and Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews author Peter Longerich.
Nazi SS Colonel Eichmann drafted a list accounting for the numbers of Jews in certain European countries, compiling statistics for analysis, and executed the deportation of Jews to death camps at Bełżec, Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz and cities and towns throughout Nazi-occupied Europe. Eichmann was captured by the United States of America. The Mail reports that he escaped from prison in 1946 and lived in Germany under a fake name for many years until fleeing to Argentina, where he was tracked and captured by Israel’s Mossad.
Read the Daily Mail article here. Read an article on Autonomia about LA’s holocaust museum here.