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Operation Eichmann (1961)

 |  Drama  |  15 March 1961 (USA)
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Werner Kelmperer stars as one of the most infamous mass murderers in all history in this true story. With the defeat of Germany that ends World War II in Europe, the Allies discover the ... See full summary »

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Werner Kelmperer stars as one of the most infamous mass murderers in all history in this true story. With the defeat of Germany that ends World War II in Europe, the Allies discover the true horror of more than six million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis ... and the fact that one of the architects of this unimaginable crime has escaped! Now, follow the story of Eichmann's flight to Barcelona and Argentina and the Israeli agents determined to bring him to justice.

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Two regular cast members of Hogan's Heroes, Werner Klemperer and John Banner, appear in this film. Also four regular guest stars of Hogan's Heroes appear in this film: Ruta Lee, Oscar Beregi, Jr., Theodore Marcuse and Norbert Schiller. See more »

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Rudolph Hoess (John Banner) is depicted as an SS Standartenfuhrer (Colonel) early in the war. At the time; he was actually an SS Sturmbannfuhrer (Major) and only made Obersturmbannfuhrer (Lt Col) at the end of the war. See more »

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Version of The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996) See more »

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Es muss nur der Richtige kommen (The Right One Must Come Along)
Written by Franz Steininger and Gustav H. Heimo
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Great portrayal of the banality of extreme evil
15 November 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

What makes this movie so frightening without spectacular, graphic violence or overly righteous hand wringing is demonstrating that the architects of even the most extreme forms of evil can be quite human and

even likable. They may honestly view their workaday world of mass murder as simply a day at the office. The film "The Wansee Conference" makes the point even more effectively but isn't nearly as artful, since it is a straight, documentary style re-enactment of a specific event.

The only thing that hurts the movie is the pairing of "Klink" (Werner Klemperer) as Eichmann and "Schultz" (John Banner) as his chief lieutenant, Hess (no relation to Rudolph Hesse). Of course, this was an unknown dynamic when the film was made since it predates Hogan's Heroes by 2 or 3 years. The actors are actually perfectly matched for their roles and play them well, but their popular identification as the "funny" Nazis of Hogan's Heroes gives the film an unintentional comic slant at times. In fact, there is a scene where Eichmann is having dinner with Hess and his wife and kids. A seemingly normal family scene with dad and his boss discussing business----in this case, how efficient Zyklon B gas is for human extermination. The Hess character replies, (I kid you not) in his best Sgt Schultz voice and manner, that "the best thing about it is that you hear NOTHING you see NOTHING..." As an interesting aside, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, and Hogan's Heroes General Burkhalter (Leon Askin, who is not in this movie) were all Jewish refugees from Nazism who fled their homes in Germany and Austria. Also of note is the fact that "Klink" served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army in WWII; ironically, in the Pacific.

This low budget film effectively communicates the fact that the most fiendish enterprise can readily disguise itself as business as usual.


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