The Trial of Adolf Eichmann – The Specialist – shows the trial of a top Nazi who directed the transport of victims to concentration camps in WWII.
Watching Eichmann, a thin, precisely-speaking and dogmatic villain as he presents his innocence is not only compelling but chilling to view.
He was captured by Israel’s intelligence agency, The Mossal, in Buenos Aires with the alias Ricardo Klement. The shape of his ears from his SS files concluded that his appearance had been altered but he was the same as Eichmann.
Asked to identify himself when he was kidnapped and taken to a safe house in Buenos Aires, he first gave his name as Klement, his alias. On the third time of asking he responded in his usual arrogant manner, “I AM Adolf Eichmann. This is indeed my name.” Then he asked for a glass of wine.
He was charged with fifteen counts of crimes against the Jewish people, crimes against humanity, war crimes and membership of a hostile organization.
An elaborate plan spirited him out of the country without alerting Argentinian authorities. An El Al plane brought an official Israeli delegation to the city as a cover for taking the high-value target back to Israel. He was passed off as a sick airline employee, dressed in an El Al uniform and heavily sedated in first class. (If he had been alert, he would have FELT it to be only way to travel.)
The film, The Specialist, is of his trial in Israel in which 99 Holocaust victims gave evidence. He was sentenced and hanged in May l962, the only time in Israel’s history that the death penalty has been enacted. His body was cremated and the ashes scattered at sea beyond Israel’s territory waters.
One interesting piece of the Eichmann story is that Himmler’s daughter helped plan and execute the plans of many Nazis in major positions and gave them the means to escape with new identities at war’s end. Every year on her birthday, they return to honor her.
Eichmann was identified by a Holocoust victim whose daughter was dating Eichmann’s son and became suspicious of the boy’s father.
The Specialist is not to be confused with another film, a thriller, with the same title where Sylvester Stalone and Sharion Stone give excellent performances in l994 and in which she wears exquisite designer clothes, even by 2015 standards.
Anyone interested in WWII may be interested in viewing “The Specialist, Trial of Adolf Eichmann.”