Monday, May 23, 2011

May 23rd 1960: Evil Disposed - Adolf Eichmann's Capture

On May 23 1960, David Ben Gurion, Israel's first and third Prime Minister, announced in a speech to the Knesset that Adolf Eichmann, one of the most top ranked Nazi officials of WW2, responsible for the transporting of the European Jews to their deaths, had been captured in Argentina and brought to Israel. The one time high-in-command Nazi official, had been living in Argentina for some time. There Eichmann had changed his name, however not his children's. In a joint operation between the Shin Bet and the Mossad, which at that time was primarily hunting Nazis, involved scouting out his house until they new it was really him who was living in the determined location, though it was not known for certain until interrogation. One night when Eichmann got off the bus from work he was abducted by Israeli operatives and transported to Israel. He was dressed as an El Al crew member and heavily sedated for the flight. During his trial, which he supposedly agreed to take part in after his capture, he claimed he was just following orders. Eichmann was found guilty of crimes against humanity about two years later. He was then killed, and his ashes were scattered throughout the Mediterranean sea. Eichmann was the only person to date to receive the death penalty in The State of Israel.

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