Nazi SS-Colonel Adolf Eichmann was found guilty of many of the most heinous crimes of World War Two and 20th century history on December 15th, 1961, in a district court in Jerusalem, Israel. He was subsequently put to death for his role in the deportation of Jewry across occupied Europe during the Holocaust, six months later at midnight on June 1st, 1962.
As a relative nobody, Eichmann successfully rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Nazi regime, who coordinated the deportation of millions of Jews, from Poland to occupied parts of Russia in the north of Europe to Belgium and Hungary in central Europe. In Hungary, for instance, Adolf Eichmann personally made his presence felt by supervising the deportation of almost 500,000 Hungarian Jews.
The deep-seated anti-Semitic, Eichmann, found himself in US custody at the end of the war, but managed to escape in 1946. He fled to Argentina, which sparked a long drawn out manhunt that lasted 14 years. In 1960, his flight from justice in Argentina finally came to an end, when Israeli Security Service (Mossad) captured and abducted Eichmann outside Buenos Aires, and secretly brought him back to Israel.
The trial that took place following his abduction, aroused once more great international attention, bringing Nazi atrocities and his involved in the systematic extermination of Jewry to the world’s attention.Embed from Getty Images