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Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center: the Eichmann case was an “historical milestone”

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A few days before marking the 50th anniversary of the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Efraim Zuroff, affirmed that the case of the “Nazi architect” caught in Argentina was a “historical milestone”.
“The Eichmann case was a historical milestone because of the process that ended in him being captured and his later condemnation. It is even an element taken as an example in Argentina when mentioning the famous chorus in rallies for human rights ‘As for he Nazis, we will seek you’,” said Zuroff, talking to the Jewish News Agency.
For the Director, the traditional chant of human rights’ rallies in Argentina refers to the struggle of the Jewish people to make justice after the Holocaust.  
“The main meaning of the capture and of its new anniversary is that criminals, those guilty of violating human life, won’t be safe anywhere, and justice will seek them wherever they are and will take them to trial,” he expressed.
“The only Jewish court that could try him, the only sovereign Jewish court was –and is- the one of Israel. Of course, the only court that could process him was that of Israel.”
Before marking this new anniversary, Zurrof criticized President Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust and his call for “wiping Israel off the map”.
Of the Iranian president, Zuroff affirmed that “If each person that denies the Holocaust had been in Europe during the Shoah, it would have been one of the murderers. I have no doubts about it.”
“Evert person that denies the Holocaust would have been one of the murderers”, insisted the Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
At the end of World War II, Eichmann was captured by the U.S Army, who did not know that this man who presented himself as Otto Eckmann was in fact a much bigger catch. In 1948 he obtained a landing permit for Argentina, but did not use it immediately.
At the beginning of 1950, Eichmann went to Italy, and obtained an International Committee of the Red Cross humanitarian passport, issued in Geneva, which he received in Italy, and an Argentine visa.
Both of these issued to "Riccardo Klement, technician." In early May 2007, this passport was discovered in court archives in Argentina by a student doing research on Eichmann’s abduction.
The passport has been handed to the Argentina Holocaust Museum in Buenos Aires. He boarded a ship heading for Argentina on July 14, 1950. For the next 10 years, he worked in several odd jobs in the Buenos Aires area—from factory foreman, to junior water engineer and professional rabbit farmer. Eichmann also brought his family to Argentina.
He was captured by Israel Mossad operatives in Argentina and abducted to Israel to face trial in an Israeli court on 15 criminal charges, including crimes against humanity and was crimes. He was found guilty and executed by hanging in 1962, and is the only person to have been executed in Israel on conviction by a civilian court.
 
*Jewish News Agency, Agencia Judía de Noticias in Spanish

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