Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust.
While this book was very well written, it was a little hard to get into - I found some of the sentences/chapters were a little dry and choppy, especially at the beginning. However, at roughly Chapter 7-8 the story picked up pace. The absolute value of this book is in the story it tells
"The world will be forced to remember what had happened, and it will be reminded that such horrors must never be repeated" (p 69)
That's what this book [and other books in the subject targeted to teens] do, they force the younger generation [and all of us] to learn and remember about these events are ensures they're not repeated.
In a somewhat tangential note, I really liked the feel of this book - the paper used was of really high quality, thick and very smooth. And also, it smelled really good [weird think to note, I know].
The men looked at one another as Harel spoke. They knew that he had dedicated his life to Israel and that everything he did was a matter of principle, but on this
"We will bring Adolf Eichmann to Jerusalem," Harel said, "and perhaps the world will be reminded of its reponsiblities. It will be recognized that, as a people, we never forgot. Our memory reaches back through recorded history. The memory books lies open, and the hand still writes."
It is relatively short (219 pages) and full of pictures of the people involved and artifacts from the mission. What I also like are the similarities between this story and the more modern one about Osama bin Laden.
Adolf Eichmann was one of the biggest villains of World War II. He was the one who planned the extermination of millions of Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and other undesirables. He built the death camps and scheduled the trains transporting people from their cities to their demise. Survivors and relatives of the victims undertook the mission to find him, apprehend him, and bring him to Israel to stand trial.
Without the technology like the Internet and orbiting spy satellites, Eichmann was located in a poor section of Buenos Aries, working in a Mercedes plant. Without a Seal team with night-vision goggles, a small group of men kidnapped him as he stepped off a bus and spirited him away. One major difference is that Eichmann was given a public trial before he was executed. The remains of both men were dropped in the ocean to make it impossible for sympathizers to erect a memorial.
What an interesting book! Adolf Eichmann was in charge of the Jewish affairs for Hitler
What is most interesting about this book is the techniques used by the spies. They used the technology available to them successfully and were able to bring justice to a truly evil man. Eichmann believed that he was merely following orders like the people are doing who capture him. His captor replies that he is following orders to hunt down a criminal while Eichmann killed innocent people who were not in any war. You will find out all of the details including where his family is currently residing. if you like spy novels and are interested in World War II's criminals, this is a must read experience.
This is a revision of Bascomb’s Hunting Eichmann for a young adult audience. It’s a powerful, utterly absorbing account of the Israeli mission. The bibliography and notes provide evidence of Bascomb’s extensive archival research and interviews with participants. Photographs of documents and physical artifacts allow readers to view some of the physical evidence that eventually led to Eichmann’s conviction and execution. Bascomb successfully conveys the emotional impact of the Israeli mission. Unlike the operatives involved, many of whom suffered and lost close family members as result of Eichmann’s wartime actions, I can only claim a general feeling of loss to the extent that the Holocaust was a loss for all of humanity, and this account deeply stirred me.
A very intriguing book this was and a very knowledgeable one as well. You (as known this review is directed to Mr. Poppe) would find that the aspect of the fact that we're in Germany and this is the place where some of the book is placed. Yet you, Mr. Poppe would rather read a different selection for the reason that your reading skill level and the lack of interest that is followed when someone reads juviniel book to them. So I would recommend a different selection for you, yet this book was a perfect selection for me.