June 1, 1962 - Adolf Eichmann (pictured in 1942) was hanged in Israel this morning just after midnight for the part he played in the murder of millions of Jews and others during World War II. The hanging was carried out in the Ramla Prison a few hours after the former Nazi’s final plea had been rejected by President Itzhak Ben-Zvi. Cold and unyielding to the end, Eichmann rejected an appeal by a Protestant minister that he repent. In the execution chamber, guards tied his ankles and knees. Eichmann refused a black hood that was offered him. His last words were: “After a short while, gentlemen, we shall all meet again. So is the fate of all men. I have lived believing in God, and I die believing in God. Long live Germany. Long live Argentina. Long live Austria. These are the countries with which I have been most closely associated, and I shall never forget them. I had to obey the rules of war and my flag. I am ready.” Then, his eyes nearly shut, he stared downward at the trap beneath his feet. Commissioner Ari Nir called, “Ready!” A noose was slipped over Eichmann’s head. The Commissioner then called, “Action!” There was a rustle behind a blanket partition in the corner of the room. The trap opened, and Eichmann plummeted to his death. Eichmann’s body was cremated early today, as had been requested in his will. The ashes were scattered in the Mediterranean just outside Israeli territorial waters.