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  • Published: 1 December 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099448440
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $27.99
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Eichmann

His Life and Crimes



'A gripping and sophisticated biography, of the best I have seen of a major Nazi' Evening Standard

Adolf Eichmann was at the centre of the Nazi genocide against the Jews of Europe between 1941 and 1945. He was directly responsible for transporting over 2 million Jews to their deaths in Auschwitz-Birkenau and other death camps. Yet he was an obscure figure until his sensational capture by the Israeli Secret Service in Argentina in 1960 and his subsequent trial in Jerusalem. This study is the first account of Eichmann's life to appear since the aftermath of his trial. It is a groundbreaking biography of one of the most fascinating of the Nazi leaders. Drawing on recently unearthed documents, David Cesarani shows how Eichmann became the Nazi Security Service's 'expert' on Jewish matters and reveals his initially cordial working relationship with Zionist Jews in Germany, despite his intense anti-Semitism. He explains how new research demonstrates that the massive ethnic cleansing Eichmann conducted in Poland in 1939-40 was the crucial bridge to his role in the deportation of the Jews. And Cesarani argues controversially that Eichmann was not necessarily predisposed to mass murder, exploring the remarkable, largely unknown period in Eichmann's career when he learned how to become a perpetrator of genocide.

  • Published: 1 December 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099448440
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $27.99
Categories:

About the author

David Cesarani

David Cesarani is Research Professor in History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His publications include Justice Delayed: How Britain Became a Refuge for Nazi War Criminals, Arthur Koestler: The Homeless Mind and Eichmann: His Life and Crimes, which won the 2006 US National Jewish Book Award for History.

He has written and edited several books exploring the relationship between Britain, British Jews, and Zionism including The 'Jewish Chronicle' and Anglo-Jewry, The Making of Modern Anglo-Jewry and, most recently, Major Farran's Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain's War Against Jewish Terrorism 1945-1948.

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Praise for Eichmann

'A perceptive and intelligent new account - David Cesarani comes closer than anyone to solving the puzzle of what made Eichmann do what he did' Literary Review

'Meticulous and admirably balanced' Times Literary Supplement

'A powerful and revelatory book' Independent

'Excellent and thorough' Guardian

'A masterful biography-gripping' Sunday Express

'Brilliant and comprehensive-As compelling a biography as one could wish for' Jewish Chronicle

'Excellent and groundbreaking' Irish Times

'Diligent and balanced' Financial Times Magazine

'Thorough and judicious' London Review of Books

'Finely crafted-Penetrating and even-handed' Good Book Guide

'A disturbing book' Scotland on Sunday

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