Even today, it gives me the shivers…
The Czech online news service iDNES brings a report about Adolf Eichmann‘s regrets that the Final Solution process was too inefficient and that “[they] could have done more.” More to exterminate Jews, that is.
In the early 1950s, Eichmann was ensconced in Buenos Aires under the name Riccardo Klement. He worked in the local Mercedes Benz factory and had extensive contacts with many former Nazis who had found comfortable refuge in Juan Perón‘s Argentina.
Around 1960, Eichmann talked to Willem Sassen, a Dutch reporter and former member of the Waffen SS. Being in his cups, he grew loquacious. He regretted that he wasn’t able to get his hands on all European Jews, and assessed the Final Solution process as inefficient. As usually, when he was drunk, he boasted of his importance to the Final Solution. “I wasn’t merely someone who took orders. I wasn’t that kind of dummy. I was part of an intellectual process, a visionary,” he said.
Unbeknownst to Eichmann, Sassen had recorded the interview. The tapes lay in Germany’s Koblenz archives until the approaching 50th anniversary of the Eichmann trial (April 11, 1961) revived interest in them.
…and the shivers continue as I watch the world’s powers smear and attack the little land of Israel – and so many of the attackers are also self-described intellectual visionaries.