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Eichmann Writes Memoirs while Awaiting Verdict in Jerusalem

Oct. 14, 1961 - In his heavily guarded cell in Israel, Adolf Eichmann is racing against time to complete a book. The former Nazi is awaiting an Israeli court’s verdict on charges that he played a major role in the killing of 6 million Jews during World War II. For weeks, his jailers have watched as Eichmann, bent over a desk, scribbles page after page in spidery, almost illegible handwriting. The former lieutenant-colonel in the Gestapo believes he has a race with death — if not by the hangman, then through some other cause. A fortune teller in Argentina told him, before his capture last year by Israeli agents: “You shall not survive your 56th year.” Eichmann will be 56 next March 19.


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