Adolph Eichmann And The Nazi Party

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Adolph Eichmann was born to a Calvinist family in Solingen, Germany on March 19, 1906. Soon after his Eichmann’s family moved to Linz, Austria. In school Eichmann was involved in numerous sporting activities, however he was known as a poor scholastic student. It is also interesting to note that similarly to Adolph Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Joseph Goebbels, Eichmann physically did not resemble the stereotypical tall, blonde, Aryan male, and due to his darker complexion, brown hair, and brown eyes Eichmann was teased as a child and derisively called the “little Jew.” As a young man in the 1920s Eichmann never held a steady job, working as a traveling salesman, a day laborer, and an office worker. In 1932 at the age of 26, at the suggestion of a friend, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Eichmann became a member of the rapidly growing Austrian Nazi Party, joining the SS (Schutzstaffel). Eichmann initially worked for the SS as a low-level clerk, filing information regarding Free Masons. However, he quickly moved up the SS ranks and was assigned to the “Jewish section” of the SS, whose job at the time was to collect information on prominent Jews. Eichmann showed enthusiasm for his work and completely engrossed himself in it. He studied and immersed himself in Jewish culture, history, and tradition. He attended meetings hosted by Jewish organizations, gained a rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew and Yiddish, and familiarized himself with the ideological concept of Zionism and the issues…

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