Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 9, 1961 · Page 119
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 119

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 9, 1961
Page 119
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Suppose Adolf Eichmann were your father? by JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON, D.C. If ADOLF E I C H M A N N were your father, how would you feel, what would you say, what would you do in the face of damnable evidence against him as a mass killer of 5 million Jews? ^ Would you still love him? ^ Would you hate the men who captured him? ^ Would you be anti-Semitic? ^ Would you still believe in Hitler and Naxi Germany? ^ Would you want to forget everything? ^ Would you fear for your life? Nicolas Eichmann, 25, was in hiding here recently for three weeks. He came to Washington from his father's 15-year hideout at Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lives with his mother, his brothers, llorst, Dieter and Ricardo, his pregnant wife Marta and daughter Monica, He came at PARADE'S request to tell the full story of life with Adolf Eichimmn, begun with an article he had written for PARADE a few months ago (My father, Adolf Eichmanti, March 19, 1963). I saw Nicolas every day, for 10 to 16 hours. We discussed his entire life in detail, from the time he was born in prewar Germany right up to the present. I was able to look in on his thoughts, to study his reactions as the sickening disclosures piled up in Jerusalem. . And I saw the legacy Adolf Eichman had left. For the son who vaguely resembles him bears the deep and grotesque imprint of a hideous past, as shown by these opinions: ON HIS FATHER'S GUILT. "It is pure propaganda. The Jews couldn't get the top Na/is, so they looked for a scapegoat. They had to stoop low to find a small lieutenant colonel. If my father had not been alive, they would have found a captain to blame. If there had been no captain, they would have found a lieutenant. If there were no lieutenant, they would have blamed a sergeant. They had to try someone." ON GERMANY. "I was born in Germany, and I have a German passport, but I do not consider myself a German. I consider myself an Argentine. I have no desire to go back to Germany." ON WAR CRIMES. "There were not nearly so many Jews killed as has been charged. My father kept the records. There were not 5 million dead. Besides, I have heard that these executions were ordered by top Jews themselves, because they believe Jews should be martyrs." ON WORLD WAR II. "The suffering during the war was terrible. I can never forgive the British for the way they bombed Prague while we were living there. One of my best friends was killed in the bombing. He was just a boy of 8." ON THE TRIAL. "I expect the judges (o sentence my father to death. But I wiil appeal to the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal.' They are the only court that has a precedent to act upon. And I will ask them to try my father's kidnappers, too, for what they did was illegal." ON HIMSELF. "I wish I could just change my name and go into hiding. I would like to come to your country with my family, get a good job as an electrician and just lose myself--forget all about the past." Yet in spite of these opinions, most people like Nicolas (he prefers "Nick" to "Klaus," the German form) the first time they meet him. He seems like a perfectly normal young man. He has curly dark hair, blue eyes, jughandle ears and a long nose like his father's. He is friendly, with a boyish expression, a ready smile, and fluent English, which he learned from GIs after the war. He likes to ogle girls, watch TV Westerns and talk about autos. During his stay here, he spent days trying to figure a way to buy a 1953 Ford and take it back to Argentina. He was crushed to find that the duty was prohibitive. Mention his father, however, and a chip pops up on Nicolas' shoulder. He is defiant, defensive, full of bitter wisecracks. "My father?" he once responded. "He used to eat Jews for breakfast." Again, discussing the TV show show Have Gnu Will Travel, he said, "I should have cards printed, 'Have Gas Chamber Will Travel.' " Once, w i t h me, he saw President Kennedy from a distance. He said he was impressed and would like to meet the President. Then his bitter humor took over again. "Perhaps," he said, "the President will appoint me his adviser on race relations." As most newspaper readers know, Eichmann masqueraded even to his own sons as Hicardo Klemcnt, describing himself as their uncle. The truth was not revealed u n t i l his capture last May. (Even when their mother gave birth to another son five years ago, according to Nicolas, the boys shrugged it off.) Yet many of his attitudes, Nick declares, are the result of the influence of "Uncle Ricardo." For instance, his typically German compulsion to work. During his stay in Washington, Nicolas washed my Continued on page 11 '-- ^^--^^--·^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^·^^^^^^···l^^^^^B^^^M Telling his story, Nicolas Eichmann chats with PARADE'S Jack Anderson.

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