(Reuters) – Adolf Eichmann, a major organizer of the Nazi Holocaust, longed to leave hiding and return to Germany to get recognition for sending millions of Jews to their deaths, according to a new German book.
Tired of farming rabbits in anonymity in Argentina after World War Two, Eichmann came forward in 1956 in a recently discovered letter, asking West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer if he could return so he could claim his place in history.
The letter, along with hundreds of other uncovered documents in German archives, forms the basis of author Bettina Stangneth’s book “Eichmann vor Jerusalem” (Eichmann before Jerusalem), which will be released here on April 18.
Stangneth told Reuters she was stunned when she found the typed letter from Eichmann in a mis-identified state file.
“It’s a tactical letter from Eichmann,” Stangneth said. “He wanted his place in history. He always thought he could be the redeemer of the German people. He wanted to relieve them of their (post-war) guilt.”