Posted BY: Mark Bard

After an undistinguished business career, Adolf Eichmann finally achieved the gratifying pleasures of power and prestige that he had so long desired. He was the chief executive assigned to manage the logistics of Hitler’s “Final Solution.” Before it was all over, more than six million Jewish children, women, and men, along with millions of others, would be murdered in the Nazi extermination camps.

In 1960, fifteen years after Germany’s WWII surrender and only after a relentless search, Israeli agents captured Eichmann hiding at his home near Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was brought to Israel, tried for crimes against humanity, and executed by hanging in June 1962.

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Eichmann felt no sense of guilt for his actions. In his unsuccessful pardon plea, he matter-of-factly explained his belief that “There is a need to draw a line between the leaders responsible and the people like me forced to serve as mere instruments in the hands of the leaders. I was not a responsible leader, and as such do not feel myself guilty.”

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