Newly Declassified Adolf Eichmann Tapes: “We Could Have Killed More Jews”
Newly declassified tapes released by the German government reveal that Adolf Eichmann, one of the masterminds of the Holocaust, was supremely unrepentant about his role in the deaths of millions of innocent Jews and others during the Third Reich. In fact, Eichmann, from the presumed safety of underground exile in Argentina, brags about being part of the decision-making process that doomed millions.
According to the Daily Mail, Eichmann said the biggest mistake he made was not killing all of the Jews. “We didn’t do our job properly,” he told a reporter in Buenos Aires after the war. “We could have done more.”
Eichmann, who fled to Argentina and changed his name, found it difficult to remain silent about who he really was and what he’d done during the Hitler years. He repeatedly met with Willem Sassen and Eberhard Fritsch, two reporters with Nazi connections, and sat for regular interviews at Sassen’s home. When being interviewed, Eichmann used the alias Ricardo Klement.
In one tape, he boasts about being part of the Nazi decision making process. “I didn’t just take orders,” he said, contradicting his later testimony at a war crimes trial in Israel. “If I had been that kind of person, I would have been a fool. Instead, I was part of the thinking process, I was an idealist,” he said.
Eichmann was hunted down and captured by the newly-formed Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad. Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal was also instrumental in locating the fugitive. Eichmann was brought to Israel, where he was tried and convicted of crimes against humanity. He was executed by hanging in 1962.
The newly declassified tapes were found by the German newsweekly Der Spiegel following a German government document dump of 4,500 files on Eichmann.
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