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You'll hear from me when I'm back in power where I belong!
Released in early 1961 to capitalize on the capture and later trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann the movie "Operation Eichmann" obviously has a lot of inaccuracies about Eichmann's flight from the law; A flight from justice that lasted some fifteen years, from 1945-60. But Eichmann's crimes are fully documented, not fictionalized, in the movie as the head and executioner of infamous "Final Solution of the Jewish Problem".
We get to see Adolf Eichmann, Werner Klemperer, at the beginning of the film standing trial and arrogantly saying how the new Nazi Movement will rise again and sweep away and destroy all those who stand opposed to it. This is something that Eichmann never said when he was on trial for his life in a Jerusalem courtroom. Still it, Eichmann's opening and bombastic statement, had a chilling effect on the audience throughout the movie.
Eichmann during those fifteen years as a fugitive from justice was not only on the run from the Israeli Mossad, among other law enforcement agencies, but obsessed with rekindling the Nazi Movement all over Europe as well as South America where he was in hiding.
Eichmann checking out of his beloved Germany as it's military collapsed in the spring of 1945 is on the run with so many different identities that even he at times has trouble knowing just what his name is. Always a step ahead of the law in countries like Spain Italy and the Kingdom of Kuwait gave Eichmann the feeling of invincibility and power over those who were perusing him. Eichmann is also given a beautiful Fraulein Anna Kemp, Ruta Lee, by the movie-makers as his love interest in he movie. What Anna saw in that egotistical and arrogant swine only she and the movie-makers of "Operation Eichmann" could possibly have known.
We see early in the movie Eichmann's climb to power in Nazi Germany and his association with other top Nazi war criminals like the Commandant of the Auschwitz extermination camp Rudolf Hoss, John Banner, as well as SS commander the soft-spoken but blood-curdling Heinrich Hmmler, Louis Van Rooten. It's also ironic that both Werner Klemperer and John Banner would be reunited four years later in the wartime TV comedy "Hogan's Heroes" as Nazi's, the commandant and guard, in a WWII German POW camp.
Eichmann is such a loose cannon in the movie that even his fellow undercover Nazis are more then happy to set him up to get knocked off. This just to keep his big mouth shut which was jeopardizing their own safety. It was the Israeli Mossad that in the end did Eichmann in by capturing the wanted Nazi war criminal and not killing him. That was left for a court of law where he was eventually convicted of war crimes and later executed in the early morning hours of May 31, 1962 in Tel Aviv's Ramie Prison. Eichmann's last words on earth before he was dispatched for good,via the gallows, were "I Am Ready!".
In the end opting to capture Adolf Eichmann alive instead of killing him which caused Holocaust survivor and Mossad agent David, Donald Buka, a lot of criticism form his fellow Israelis turned out to be the best and right thing to do. Like David said: if we kill him here and now Adolf Eichmann will just be a small article in a Buenos Aires newspaper but if he's captured and put on trial the whole world will see and remember the crimes that he committed.
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