May 26, 2013
The Idealist

The excerpt below is from today’s New York Times.

In 1957 in Argentina, a former SS officer named Willem Sassen interviewed Eichmann at length. The tapes, which were rediscovered only a few years ago, reveal Eichmann boasting that he had helped draft the letter ordering the Final Solution and that several times, he refused requests from fellow officers to free a favored Jew.

“I worked relentlessly to kindle the fire,” he says. “I was not just a recipient of orders. Had I been that, I would have been an imbecile. I was an idealist…”

…as were so many, so very many, of history’s monsters. For more on this theme, go here.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 26, 2013 11:51 AM
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With nothing to go on but his features I have always suspected that Eichmann himself was of Jewish descent. The ultimate self-hating Jew.

Posted by: Nugatory on May 26, 2013 12:13 PM

I always figured Clarence Thomas for another example of this. Before the Emancipation he would have been Massa's head slave driver.

Posted by: Phillyboy on May 26, 2013 7:38 PM

Blessed is the match. But not Eichman's.

Posted by: Buck on May 27, 2013 5:27 PM
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