At his trial in 1961, Adolf Eichmann tried to cut a petty-minded, bureaucratic figure. His intention was to come across as an uncharismatic clerk who merely followed orders, and to downplay his role in managing the mass deportation of Jews.
But only four year earlier, feeling increasingly secure in his adoptive country of Argentina, Eichmann spoke freely and boastfully – in a series of taped conversations with Dutch Nazi journalist Willem Sassen – of the idealistic fervour that made him excel at his job, and his deep regret about not sending many more millions of Jews to their deaths.
The transcripts of the recordings played a crucial part in Eichmann’s trial but the whereabouts of the tapes remained unknown for years.
This fascinating documentary unearths the recordings and sheds light on the realpolitik considerations that may have contributed to their disappearance.
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