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The Hunt for Nazis: The Real-Life Captures That Inspired The Debt
Posted August 22, 2011 to photo album "The Hunt for Nazis: The Real-Life Captures That Inspired The Debt"
John Madden’s THE DEBT tells the tale of a trio of Mossad agents who hunted down a wanted Nazi war criminal. We explore the stories of the many real-life Nazi war criminals who went into hiding after the war, and the people who tracked them down to bring them to justice.
Adolf Eichmann, the Transportation Administrator
Adolf Eichmann, as “Transportation Administrator,” was the man responsible for making sure the trains to the Polish death camps ran on time. He is said to have bragged that he sent more than 5 million Jews to their deaths. When the war ended, Eichmann was helped by Aloïs Hudal, a prominent Austrian Nazi and bishop in Rome who was instrumental in establishing a “ratline” that allowed Axis leaders to escape persecution. Eichmann, under the name Ricardo Klement, was given an International Committee of the Red Cross humanitarian passport and a visa for Argentina, to which he and his family fled in 1947. According to CIA documents made public in 2006, in March 1958, the German BND foreign intelligence agency sent a memo to the CIA, saying that Eichmann had been living in Argentina since 1952 under the name “Clemens.” The CIA took no action, because it was worried that any Eichmann’s trial would reveal that both the U.S. and German officials had been collaborating with former Nazis, who were employed to fight Communism.