Abandoned books make me sad, but especially when they're incredibly compelling first-person accounts of history in the making. I first stumbled upon "Eichmann In My Hands" when I was in college writing a paper on the famous Milgram experiment, and I was captivated by this story.
Peter Malkin was an Israeli secret agent and was part of the team that captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960 and brought him to Israel to stand trial for war crimes committed during World War II. Eichmann had been one of the Nazis adamantly committed to Jewish genocide and had even ignored Himmler's orders in 1945 to stop the Jewish extermination and cover up evidence -- Eichmann made sure the trains in Hungary were still running until he was finally forced to flee Hungary to live in secrecy in Argentina. While the rest of the world chose to forget about Eichmann, the Mossad agency decided to make his capture a high priority.
This first person account tells the life and story of the man who actually captured Eichmann along with a team of professionals. The writing is clever and engaging, and at some points quite funny and surprising -- for instance, when the Mossad agents arrive in Argentina in May in short sleeves and summer clothes only to realize that Argentina is in the southern hemisphere and it is therefore the beginning of winter. Oops!
According to his Wikipedia page, Peter Malkin died in 2005, and I can't even imagine who has inherited his book rights, but if ever a book deserved to be retained and resold in eBook form, "Eichmann In My Hands" does. Whether or not you agree with the goal of the Mossad to track down, capture, and try the Nazi leaders for war crimes, Malkin's fluid narration really hits the reader with how deep and personal this quest is and how it provides an incredible sense of closure to him and his family.
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