ADOLF EICHMANN: THE ARCHITECT OF THE HOLOCAUST
MAY 7TH, 2010
The twentieth century will always be remembered, for better or worse, as an era of extraordinary men and extraordinary events. There were brilliant minds that aided in giving the twentieth century the legacy of an era of unprecedented advances in technology and medicine. There were courageous men and women who fought successfully to force society to move ahead in leaps and bounds towards a more equal society where every person has an equal opportunity to succeed, regardless of color or creed. The twentieth century also carries with it a legacy of turmoil and evil. The twentieth century saw the rise in Arab terrorism, the civil uprisings of the 1960’s, and two world wars. Without a doubt, the greatest example of the evil and inhumanity of the twentieth century was the Holocaust of the Jewish people by the Nazis in Germany before and during World War II. Where to place the blame for the Holocaust is widely debated. Many people see it fit to blame Adolf Hitler for perpetrating the acts, while some will look elsewhere to assign blame. No matter who is to blame for the Holocaust, there is no question that the widespread destruction the Holocaust caused would not have been possible without the organization and leadership of Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann was a man of many controversies, from the obvious controversies of his life to the controversy surrounding his escape from Germany after the war, his eventual capture and trial and his execution at the hands of an Israeli court. Eichmann was also a man of contradictions. He is remembered and portrayed in history as everything from horrible, evil monster of a man who must have lived without a soul to a mindless beaurocrat trying to advance himself in the political and economic system of which he was part. However Eichmann should be remembered, there is little doubt the mechanism of the Holocaust could not have existed without Eichmann.
Adolf Eichmann was...