As an account of who did what, to whom and where this is an excellent book. Totally lacking from this book is any sense of moral dimension. The Iraelis involved felt justified in what they did – apparently without qualm or question – and were willing to slap the world in the face in the way they went about it. Not for them the South African model of reconciliation but rather a long burning hatred that unfortunately has contaminated most of the international tribunals since the end of the second world war.
Maybe this is a subject that does not lend itself to an edifying nonfiction account. Certainly Eichmann represented the banality of evil and was basically a bean counter who sent millions to their deaths to fulfill quotas. But, if he was a true believer – as opposed to a mere functionary – why did he not seek to perpetuate the Reich in South America as so many others did? Could he have possibly been given a fair trial in Israel? What exactly did hanging him accomplish?
There are two other treatments of the same basic story. Steiner’s novel, The Portage to San Cristobal of A. H. and Shaw’s drama, The Man in the Glass Booth – which is readily available as a film. Both of them are excellent and part of that excellence is the fact that they have a moral dimension. They don’t let the criminal off the hook but they do teach us that the hunter and the prey have more in common than either would admit. You can benefit from reading this book but do not expect to come away from it either enlightened or elevated.
Hunting Eichmann : how a band of survivors and a young spy agency chased down the world’s most notorious Nazi Neal Bascomb War criminals Germany Biography Eichmann Adolf 1906-1962 Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. ix, 390 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
The first complete narrative of the pursuit and capture of Adolf Eichmann, based on ground breaking new information and interviews and featuring rare, never published Mossad surveillance photographs When the Allies stormed Berlin in the last days of the Third Reich, the operational manager of the mass murder of Europe’s Jews shed his SS uniform and vanished.
Bringing Adolf Eichmann to justice would require a harrowing fifteen-year chase stretching from war-ravaged Europe to the shores of Argentina. Alternating from a criminal on the run to his pursuers closing in on his trail,Hunting Eichmann follows the Nazi as he escapes two American POW camps, hides in the mountains, slips out of Europe on the ratlines, and builds an anonymous life in Buenos Aires.
Meanwhile, a persistent search for Eichmann gradually evolves into an international manhunt that includes a bulldog West German prosecutor, a blind Argentinean Jew and his beautiful daughter, and a budding, ragtag spy agency called the Mossad, whose operatives have their own scores to settle.
Presented in a pulse-pounding, hour-by-hour account, the capture of Eichmann and the efforts by Israeli agents to secret him out of Argentina and fly him to Israel to stand trial bring the narrative to a stunning conclusion.