Israel: The Bureaucrat

Meticulously taking notes with a black ballpoint pen, underlining in red important document fragments, Adolf Eichmann but for his glass cage might have been a minor court bureaucrat during the first eight weeks of his trial. As witness after witness rose to recount the Nazi crimes against the Jews, the green-backed files and notebooks in the cage grew higher and higher. At night in his cell, Eichmann pored over his files until his eyes watered with weariness. Last week, when he took the stand for the first time in his own defense,...

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