Thursday, December 13, 2012

Adolf Eichmann - The Holocaust's Architect of death!

When we think of the great architects of the world, names like Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (The Eiffel Tower) or Shah Jahan (The Taj Mahal) or William F. Lamb (The Empire State Building) typically comes to mind.  These men provided us with sites that are readily recognizable and on everyone’s “must see” list when they visit the cities they are located in.  However, there was a German “architect” of whom we all know but who lives in notoriety rather than renown - for Adolf Eichmann was the man who designed the atrocious treatment of millions of Jews - - he was responsible for the attempted genocide of the Jewish race.  In the brief excerpt below from an article by Dr. Mike Evans, we learn a little bit more about this truly vicious man.

On December 15, 1961, a man was sentenced to death by a civilian tribunal in an Israeli civilian court, the only individual ever to have achieved that distinction. The condemned was Adolf Eichmann, the “architect of the Final Solution to the Jewish Question.” He wasn’t executed because he had failed at his job; Eichmann was hanged because he had succeeded all too well. The work of this architect is remembered because of cattle cars, barbed wire, the remains of giant ovens, and the mass graves of six million Jewish men, women and children.

On January 20, 1942, a group of fourteen high-ranking German military and government leaders, Eichmann among them, met at Wannsee, a beautiful villa in a serene lakeside suburb of Berlin. Imagine: Over lunch fifteen men needed only an hour and a half to change the world forever.Ninety minutes was all it took for Adolf Hitler’s henchmen to determine the fate of six million Jews.

As Germany’s defeat became apparent, Eichmann assumed various aliases and identities in an attempt to elude Allied authorities and evade responsibility for his wartime atrocities. Twice captured by the U.S. Army, first as Adolf Barth and later as Otto Eckmann, he managed to escape and lived in northern Germany under the name Otto Heninger before finally slipping away in 1950 to Italy. There, he obtained a refugee passport which allowed him to travel to Argentina under the name of Ricardo Klement. Eichmann found a thriving German community that gave him a warm reception. With their help, he settled into an obscure life and a year or two later, his wife and children quietly joined him.                                                                            
The story of the Holocaust and those who perished must never be forgotten. We must not allow the pathogen of hatred to germinate and blossom into another Holocaust. As George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Based on his extensive research, Dr. Evans took the truth about Adolf Eichmann and masterfully wove it into a novel set in WW II Germany.  Titled, THE LOCKET, the novel tells how the infatuation of a young girl for a teen-age Eichmann plays itself out during the horror of the Holocaust! To Learn more, click here.

During the darkest hours of WW II and the Holocaust, God’s Chosen People could take comfort in His Word, especially Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in danger.”  To ensure that the Jewish race will never face a fate like the Holocaust again, Dr. Evans encourages us all to pray according to Psalm 122:6 and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

To read Dr. Evan’s article in its entirety, click here.  

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