Recalling an Evil Idealist

Three days after Pesach in 5721 (1961), the trial of Adolf Eichmann, a top deputy of Adolf Hitler known as “the architect of the Holocaust,” opened in Jerusalem. April 11 marked that day’s fiftieth anniversary on the non-Jewish calendar and yielded an assortment of commemorations, reflections and revelations.

Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust museum, uploaded footage of the entire Eichmann trial to the Internet for public view. Recordings of the Nazi made in the 1950s while he was hiding in Argentina, recently discovered by Germany’s intelligence services, were digested in a series of articles in the German news magazine Der Spiegel. The U.S. State Department convened a presentation and question-and-answer session featuring two Holocaust scholars.


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