|Birth||March 19, 1906 |
|Death||June 1, 1962 |
|Manner of Death||Capital Punishment|
Otto Adolf Eichmann (1906-1962) was an SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) who organized the logistics of deportation of Jews during the Nazi Final Solution (Endlosung) following the Wannsee Conference of January 1942. He was considered an expert of the "Jewish Question" by the Nazis, having attempted to organize mass Jewish emigration to Palestine in 1937, and was appointed head of the "Central Office for Jewish Emigration" in 1938. At the end of 1939, he was made head of the Reich Security Main Office Sub-Department IV-B4, which dealt with Jewish affairs. Eichmann was Secretary at the Wannsee Conference where the decision to kill all Jews in Nazi-controlled territories was made. He subsequently organized the deportation of Polish Jews to the death camps, and in 1944 to 1945 organized the deportation of 250,000 Hungarian Jews from Budapest to the camps. George Soros was among the collaborators identifying Jews, as Hungary was a German ally, was never under German occupation, and Jews were not required to wear the Star of David in public.
In 1945 Eichmann was captured by Allied forces but passed himself off under a false identity. In 1946, he escaped to Austria and then in 1950 he made his way to Argentina using false documents. There on May 11, 1960, he was captured by a team of Mossad (Israeli secret service) operatives and smuggled to Israel. He was tried in Jerusalem for war crimes, sentenced to death, and executed by hanging on June 1, 1962. His body was cremated and the ashes deposited in the Mediterranean Sea.
The State of Israel temporarily lifted its ban on capital punishment making Eichmann is the only person to have been judicially executed in the history of the State of Israel.
Eichmann, who once said that in order to destroy a nation, its children must first be destroyed, was quoted by Ukrainian liberal media TV host, Afghani immigrant and self-proclaimed "journalist" Fahruddin Sharafmal when Sharafmal similarly called for Nazi-style genocide against Russian children as part of the current Russia-Ukraine conflict, adding that he himself would slaughter Russian children at the first opportunity. Channel 24, Sharafmal's employer, later issued an apology for Sharafmal's ill-considered words, as did Sharafmal himself.
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