"He would leap laughing into the grave because the feeling that he had five million people on his conscience would be for him a source of extraordinary satisfaction." A subordinate on trial at Nuremberg paraphrased a boast of SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Otto Adolf Eichmann with these words, summarizing the mood and character of Adolf Hitler's most notorious lieutenant for all posterity. A serial killer in earth-gray uniform and polished jackboots, Eichmann found an unprecedented opportunity for unleashing his homicidal impulses during the Final Solution from 1942-1945, at the height of the Nazi Third Reich's rule in Germany.
Historians once portrayed Eichmann mostly as a colorless, unimaginative bureaucrat who carried out the Holocaust simply because he lacked the imagination to reject the crime. Essentially banal, this version of Eichmann turned him into a compliant functionary who handled the ghastly matter of collecting, transporting, and murdering millions of people with the same bland methodical means that other administrators applied to supplying the Wehrmacht with bread rations or new boots.
However, a closer examination of historical documents by other historians such as Bettina Stangneth led to a recent reevaluation of Eichmann.
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By Matt on 28-07-15
Great Detail well done
I was vaguely familiar with the story behind this book, but learned a whole lot more. These small Charles River books do a good job most of the time in covering their chosen topic very well. There is a lot of information crammed into relatively few pages so your interest is really maintained throughout.
The Narrator seems ideally suited to this kind of documentary and comes across as the knowledgeable storyteller much like a Peter Thomas type narrator.
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By Jessica on 09-12-17
Waste of time
What would have made The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann better?
Nothing could save this book. Poorly written and horrible reader.
If you know anything about the capture and subsequent trial of Eichmann, don’t bother with this book. It’s the cliff note version...and badly done cliff notes at that
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Lennon?
Anyone...it sounded as if he was using an electronic voice distorter
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It was short
1 of 3 people found this review helpful