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Eichmann sentenced to die Eichmann sentenced to die
by The Ovi Team
2014-12-15 12:27:42
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December 15th 1961; In Tel Aviv, Israel, Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi SS officer who organized Adolf Hitler's "final solution of the Jewish question," is condemned to death by an Israeli war crimes tribunal.

Eichmann was born in Solingen, Germany, in 1906. In November 1932, he joined the Nazi's elite SS (Schutzstaffel) organization, whose members came to have broad responsibilities in Nazi Germany, including policing, intelligence, and the enforcement of Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic policies. Eichmann steadily rose in the SS hierarchy, and with the German annexation of Austria in 1938 he was sent to Vienna with the mission of ridding the city of Jews. He set up an efficient Jewish deportment centre and in 1939 was sent to Prague on a similar mission. That year, Eichmann was appointed to the Jewish section of the SS central security office in Berlin.

 


   
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Emanuel Paparella2012-12-15 14:24:53
The Eichmann case is an interesting one from an ethical-legal standpoint since it brings us back to the issue of legality and justice. Very few if any people have any doubt that Heichmann was guilty and deserved his death sentence. What can be debated is whether or not the death sentence is ever justified. Neverthless, there are those who even today argue that the way Heichman was apprehended (in Argentina by Israeli commandos and brought to Israel to stand trial) was illegal and therefore the trial and the sentence was illegal and unethical too. Which brings us to this ethical conundrum: not everything that is legal (such as slavery in the 18th century) is necessarily ethical; the reverse may also be true: not everything that is illegal is unethical and unjust. Perhaps the issue should be explored along the lines of security vs. justice. They are not necessarily identical either.


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