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Adolf Eichmann

Geburtstag: 19. März 1906
Todesdatum: 31. Mai 1962

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Otto Adolf Eichmann war ein deutscher SS-Obersturmbannführer und während der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus und des Zweiten Weltkrieges in Deutschland als Leiter des für die Organisation der Vertreibung und Deportation der Juden zuständigen Eichmannreferats des Reichssicherheitshauptamtes in Berlin zentral mitverantwortlich für die Ermordung von schätzungsweise sechs Millionen Menschen im weitgehend vom Deutschen Reich besetzten Europa. Im Mai 1960 wurde er von israelischen Agenten in Argentinien entführt und anschließend nach Israel gebracht, wo ihm der Prozess gemacht wurde. Er wurde zum Tode verurteilt und in der Nacht vom 31. Mai auf den 1. Juni 1962 hingerichtet.

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Zitate Adolf Eichmann

„Es lebe Deutschland. Es lebe Argentinien. Es lebe Österreich. Das sind die drei Länder, mit denen ich am engsten verbunden war. Ich werde sie nicht vergessen. Ich grüße meine Frau, meine Familie und meine Freunde. Ich hatte den Gesetzen des Krieges und meiner Fahne zu gehorchen. Ich bin bereit! [... ] In einem kurzen Weilchen, meine Herren, sehen wir uns ohnehin alle wieder. Das ist das Los aller Menschen. Gottgläubig war ich im Leben. Gottgläubig sterbe ich.“

— Adolf Eichmann
Letzte Worte Adolf Eichmanns vor seiner Hinrichtung am 31. Mai 1962 nach: Bernd Nellessen. Der Prozess von Jerusalem - Ein Dokument. Econ Verlag Düsseldorf Wien 1964. S. 311 books. google. de - Mit der Variante "... werde sie nie vergessen" und "... sehen wir uns ohnedies alle wieder" bei: Erich Kern. Weder Frieden noch Freiheit - Deutsches Schicksal unserer Zeit. K. W. Schütz Göttingen 1965. S. 248 books. google. de. Siehe auch DER SPIEGEL 6. Juni 1962

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„I balk inwardly at saying that we did anything wrong“

— Adolf Eichmann
Context: I, "the cautious bureaucrat," that was me, yes indeed. But... This cautious bureaucrat was attended by a... a fanatical warrior, fighting for the freedom of my blood, which is my birthright, and I say here, just as I have said to you before: your louse that nips you, Comrade Sassen, does not interest me. My louse under my collar interests me. I will squash it. This is the same when it comes to my people.... what benefits my people is a sacred order and a sacred law for me.... I have no regrets! I am certainly not going to bow down to that cross!... it would be too easy... for me to pretend that a Saul has become a Paul. I tell you, Comrade Sassen, I cannot do that. That I cannot do, because I am not willing to do it, because I balk inwardly at saying that we did anything wrong.

„It was actually an achievement that was never matched before or since.“

— Adolf Eichmann
About the deportation of more than 400 000 Jews from Hungary in several weeks as quoted in Eichmann Before Jerusalem by Bettina Stangneth (2015).

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„The war with the Soviet Union began in June 1941, I think. And I believe it was two months later, or maybe three, that Heydrich sent for me. I reported. He said to me: "The Führer has ordered physical extermination." These were his words. And as though wanting to test their effect on me, he made a long pause, which was not at all his way. I can still remember that. In the first moment, I didn't grasp the implications, because he chose his words so carefully. But then I understood. I didn't say anything, what could I say? Because I'd never thought of a … of such a thing, of that sort of violent solution. … Anyway, Heydrich said: "Go and see Globocnik, the Führer has already given him instructions. Take a look and see how he's getting on with his program. I believe he's using Russian anti-tank trenches for exterminating the Jews." As ordered, I went to Lublin, located the headquarters of SS and Police Commander Globocnik, and reported to the Gruppenführer. I told him Heydrich had sent me, because the Führer had ordered the physical extermination of the Jews. … Globocnik sent for a certain Sturmbannführer Höfle, who must have been a member of his staff. We went from Lublin to, I don't remember what the place was called, I get them mixed up, I couldn't say if it was Treblinka or some other place. There were patches of woods, sort of, and the road passed through — a Polish highway. On the right side of the road there was an ordinary house, that's where the men who worked there lived. A captain of the Ordnungspolizei welcomed us. A few workmen were still there. The captain, which surprised me, had taken off his jacket and rolled up his sleeves, somehow he seemed to have joined in the work. They were building little wooden shacks, two, maybe three of them; they looked like two- or three-room cottages. Höfle told the police captain to explain the installation to me. And then he started in. He had a, well, let's say, a vulgar, uncultivated voice. Maybe he drank. He spoke some dialect from the southwestern corner of Germany, and he told me how he had made everything airtight. It seems they were going to hook up a Russian submarine engine and pipe the exhaust into the houses and the Jews inside would be poisoned.
I was horrified. My nerves aren't strong enough … I can't listen to such things... such things, without their affecting me. Even today, if I see someone with a deep cut, I have to look away. I could never have been a doctor. I still remember how I visualized the scene and began to tremble, as if I'd been through something, some terrible experience. The kind of thing that happens sometimes and afterwards you start to shake. Then I went to Berlin and reported to the head of the Security Police.“

— Adolf Eichmann
p. 75 - 76.

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„Regret is something for little children.“

— Adolf Eichmann
During cross-examination at his trial, session 96, July 13, 1961, as quoted in Eichmann Before Jerusalem by Bettina Stangneth (2015).

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