Eichmann in my Hands



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  1. says:

    Eichmann in my Hands, by Peter Malkin and Harry Stein is a tense and exciting personal memoir, which narrates the true accounts from Mossad s mission in Buenos Aires which led to the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann a name which synonyms with Nazism and evils during the days of Holocaust the most sought after war criminal Peter Malkin was one of the Israeli agents who participated in this mission and the reader gets to know first hand details on the planning, execution and aftermath of t Eichmann in my Hands, by Peter Malkin and Harry Stein is a tense and exciting personal memoir, which narrates the true accounts from Mossad s mission in Buenos Aires which led to the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann a name which synonyms with Nazism and evils during the days of Holocaust the most sought after war criminal Peter Malkin was one of the Israeli agents who participated in this mission and the reader gets to know first hand details on the planning, execution and aftermath of the mission Malkin had to wait until 1990 to get these accounts published and even then he had to change the names of most of the agents who participated in the mission due to security reasons Eichmann in my Hands is a beautifully balanced book, which narrates the story of Peter Malkin and his life in parallel with the life of Adolf Eichmann and later merging them together during the days of the mission with much intensity Peter Zvi Malkin was only four and a half years old when his parents along with his brothers fled Poland to Palestine His sister Fruma who was married at that time had to stay behind in Poland along with her husband and kids and they all perished there during the genocide For Peter Malkin, who joined Israeli Intelligence in 1950, this was a personal mission as his family never really recovered from the loss of Fruma and other relatives and it was his chance to come face to face with the man who was mainly responsible for these wanton war crimes.Adolf Eichmann joined Austrian SS in 1932 and rose through the SS ranks swiftly by 1938 he was given the charge of forming Austria s Central Office of Jewish Emigration, which would forcibly remove the Jews from Austria In 1939 he was heading the Reich Central Security Office department that dealt with Jewish evacuation from Berlin and in 1942 he was one of the key figures in the Wannsee Conference that developed the Final Solution the official policy of genocide against the Jewish people He was the man who controlled the transportation of all the Jews headed for the concentration camps in Poland and was responsible for the death of millions For him the mission of eliminating Jews from the face of earth was the supreme priority even during the days of the collapse of The Reich He fled Hungary early May 1945 to Austrian Alps and even though the US Army captured him he escaped from their captivity in early 1946.In April 1960, after 15 years, Israeli Intelligence got wind of Eichmann that he was living in Buenos Aires under the assumed identity of Ricardo Klement A mission to kidnap him was formulated and a small team of agents was assigned with this Operation The planning, preparation, weeks of reconnaissance of target area and the final capture of Eichmann on May 11, 1960 are all narrated in pulsating details, which will make this a hard to put down book After the kidnapping Eichmann is taken away to a safe house on the suburbs of Buenos Aires and there after a brief interrogation he acknowledges his true identity with these words Ich bin Adolf Eichmann I know I am in the hand of Israelis The hunt of 15 years was complete and then began the part of the mission, which focused on transporting him back to Israel for legal trials On May 23, 1960 he was drugged and smuggled on board a special El Al flight which came to Buenos Aires with a diplomatic delegation as a drunken crew member and was bought back to Israel The success of the mission was met by a dramatic announcement by David Ben Gurion, the then prime minister, at Israeli Knesset One of the greatest of the Nazi war criminals, Adolf Eichmann, who was responsible together with the Nazi leaders for what they called the final solution of the Jewish question is under arrest in Israel and will be put on trial After transporting Eichmann back to Israel, the agents fled from Argentina through various routes and Malkin along with another agent escaped on board a train to Santiago, Chile and then to Israel.The conversations that Malkin has with his prisoner during their days at the safe house awaiting transport to Israel is pretty absorbing and powerful and gives the reader insights into How supposedly civilized people descended to such depths of barbarism during the days of Holocaust Eichmann never expresses even a faint glimpse of remorse during these conversations for him he was following the orders as a proud soldier and everything that he did was appropriate Reading through these segments can be moving or even disturbing for some readers as Eichmann s calm and gentle demeanor and the normalcy with which he discusses the murder of millions creates a chilling atmosphere of evil Overall this is a fascinating book, which describes an intelligence operation with all its thrills combined with moving narrations of the personal life and emotional struggles of the author

  2. says:

    In 1960 , a small group of elite Israeli agents secretly went into Argentina to capture the world s most wanted war criminal Adolf Eichmann , and bring him to justice Their task was to to lead a team to Argentina to capture Eichmann alive, and to take him back to Israel for trial, so that the truth could be exposed to the world and so that the world would know why a Jewish homeland must exist The man who actually snatched Eichmann off the streets was Peter Malkin , a young Israeli who lost his In 1960 , a small group of elite Israeli agents secretly went into Argentina to capture the world s most wanted war criminal Adolf Eichmann , and bring him to justice Their task was to to lead a team to Argentina to capture Eichmann alive, and to take him back to Israel for trial, so that the truth could be exposed to the world and so that the world would know why a Jewish homeland must exist The man who actually snatched Eichmann off the streets was Peter Malkin , a young Israeli who lost his sister and nephew in the holocaust, thanks to the work of Eichmann.What follows is fascinating account beginning with the story of two men Malkin , and the monster who he captured , Eichmann.I enjoyed reading about Malkin s childhood and youth he came to Israel, from Poland , when he was four years old.Particularly interesting is the brutality of the British , in the Palestine colony , towards the Jews.The book outlines the exploits of the Israeli agents in Argentina, the capture of Eichmann , and the conversations between Malkin and Eichmann , which reveal the chlling mind of a killer.The book concludes with a short chapter , asking the question if a holocaust could happen again.There are troubling parallels between the systematic vilification of Jews before the Holocaust and the current vilification of the Jewish people and Israel Suffice it to note the annual flood of anti Israel resolutions at the UN or the public opinion polls taken in Europe, which single out Israel as a danger to world peace or the divestment campaigns being waged in the US against Israel or the attempts to delegitimize Israel s very existence The complicity of the Allies in WW II is mirrored by the support the PLO has been receiving from Europe, China and Russia to this very day.If remembering Auschwitz should teach us anything, it is that we must all support Israel and the Jewish people against the vilification and the complicity we are witnessing, knowing where it inevitably leads.As with the holocaust, the same kind of Jew haters will again attempt to appease Arab rage with Jewish blood and land We must stand up against it Jews are still dying for only one reason being a Jew.Like a Phoenix out of the ashes of the Shoah as the holocaust is known in Hebrew the reborn Jewish State of Israel arose The great hope of the Jewish Nation the national anthem of Israel is Hatikvah the Hope

  3. says:

    In 1960 , a small group of elite Israeli agents secretly went into Argentina to capture the world s most wanted war criminal Adolf Eichmann , and bring him to justice Their task was to to lead a team to Argentina to capture Eichmann alive, and to take him back to Israel for trial, so that the truth could be exposed to the world and so that the world would know why a Jewish homeland must exist The man who actually snatched Eichmann off the streets was Peter Malkin , a young Israeli who lost his In 1960 , a small group of elite Israeli agents secretly went into Argentina to capture the world s most wanted war criminal Adolf Eichmann , and bring him to justice Their task was to to lead a team to Argentina to capture Eichmann alive, and to take him back to Israel for trial, so that the truth could be exposed to the world and so that the world would know why a Jewish homeland must exist The man who actually snatched Eichmann off the streets was Peter Malkin , a young Israeli who lost his sister and nephew in the holocaust, thanks to the work of Eichmann.What follows is fascinating account beginning with the story of two men Malkin , and the monster who he captured , Eichmann.I enjoyed reading about Malkin s childhood and youth he came to Israel, from Poland , when he was four years old.Particularly interesting is the brutality of the British , in the Palestine colony , towards the Jews.The book outlines the exploits of the Israeli agents in Argentina, the capture of Eichmann , and the conversations between Malkin and Eichmann , which reveal the chlling mind of a killer.The book concludes with a short chapter , asking the question if a holocaust could happen again.There are troubling parallels between the systematic vilification of Jews before the Holocaust and the current vilification of the Jewish people and Israel Suffice it to note the annual flood of anti Israel resolutions at the UN or the public opinion polls taken in Europe, which single out Israel as a danger to world peace or the divestment campaigns being waged in the US against Israel or the attempts to delegitimize Israel s very existence The complicity of the Allies in WW II is mirrored by the support the PLO has been receiving from Europe, China and Russia to this very day.If remembering Auschwitz should teach us anything, it is that we must all support Israel and the Jewish people against the vilification and the complicity we are witnessing, knowing where it inevitably leads.As with the holocaust, the same kind of Jew haters will again attempt to appease Arab rage with Jewish blood and land We must stand up against it Jews are still dying for only one reason being a Jew.Like a Phoenix out of the ashes of the Shoah as the holocaust is known in Hebrew the reborn Jewish State of Israel arose The great hope of the Jewish Nation the national anthem of Israel is Hatikvah the Hope

  4. says:

    Beautiful written and compelling story One of those books that makes me want to knowabout what happened, especially about the trial I would highly recommend.

  5. says:

    Having just read The House on Garibaldi Street by Isser Harel also dealing with the capture of Eichmann I was apprehensive about this book but the different perspective and point of view from which this book is written makes it an equally fascinating read.

  6. says:

    Powerful Personal HistoryI read this book after watching the movie It s a different story and is very compelling It underlines the importance of intelligence work and the people who participated.

  7. says:

    This is an amazing, superbly written, straightforward, true first person account of the planning and capture of Adolph Eichmann, the Nazi officer directly responsible for Hitler s Final Solution, otherwise known as the extermination of 6,000,000 Jews during World War II The author matter of factly describes his team s surveillance and take down of Eichmann He also recounts the horror of their daily conversations while awaiting transportation to Israel for trial and discusses the lasting pers This is an amazing, superbly written, straightforward, true first person account of the planning and capture of Adolph Eichmann, the Nazi officer directly responsible for Hitler s Final Solution, otherwise known as the extermination of 6,000,000 Jews during World War II The author matter of factly describes his team s surveillance and take down of Eichmann He also recounts the horror of their daily conversations while awaiting transportation to Israel for trial and discusses the lasting personal effects of the mission.I highly and wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone whether they are a student of history or just someone looking for an incredibly interesting non fiction read

  8. says:

    Exciting, Moving, and SadThis book isbiographical than I had expected, but I am glad The first person narrative, description of life in the very young Israel of the time, and glimpse of the world at large in those times, added alot to what was otherwise a quintessential spy story.

  9. says:

    Could have easily read this book in one sitting Was very hard to put down An important historical story written through the eyes of one remarkable person Its easy to be hooked just by learning the author s personality alone Could definitely pass as fiction too.

  10. says:

    Omg What an incredible story of a remarkable man who risked everything to be part of the team that captured that disgusting pig Eichmann.

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