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Audio tapes discovered by the German magazine Der Spiegel give a glimpse into
perhaps the only regret that Adolf Eichmann expressed – that he hadn’t succeeded
in murdering all of the Jews.
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The recordings, made during meetings
between former Nazis who had fled to Argentina following World War II, were
released by Der Spiegel in a feature published Friday.
According to the
report, among the former Nazis living in Argentina, especially those who hadn’t
been directly involved in the concentration camps, there was a common belief
that the tale of Jewish genocide was a product of propaganda disseminated by the
Eichmann, however, set them straight. Discussing the systematic
crimes against humanity perpetrated by the regime he was an integral part of, he
boasted, “I was no ordinary recipient of orders.”
He added, “If I had
been one, I would have been a fool. Instead, I was part of the thought process.
I was an idealist.”
Expressing his sole note of disenchantment over the
Nazi extermination project, he told his fellow Nazis-in-exile, “We didn’t do our
There was more that could have been done.”
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recordings made in 1953 reflect the openness under which the former Nazis lived
in Buenos Aires . Eichmann, who was known at the time as “Clemens,” socialized
with other Nazis, who were well known to the German Embassy.
much about Eichmann was revealed in his Jerusalem trial several years later, the
newly revealed recordings of him in intoxicated and candid moments provide a
view into the demented psyche of a man whose only regret was not killing more
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