Two of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann’s four sons are dead and a third lives in Argentina, just a few streets away from where his father was famously snatched in 1960 by Mossad agents and taken for trial in Israel, according to a UK report published Friday.
Eichmann’s three eldest sons — who, unlike their younger brother Ricardo, an archaeologist living in Germany, never denounced their father — hadn’t been seen since the mid-1960s when they attacked Jews in the aftermath of Eichmann’s execution.
But Carmen Bretin Lindemann, the mistress of one of the brothers, Horst, has revealed their whereabouts and fates to the Daily Mail, the British tabloid reported.
According to the Mail’s investigation, Adolf’s third son Dieter, 76, is alive and staying at a secure apartment in Buenos Aires with his wife, Martha Valinotti. The two were recently captured in a photograph looking out their window.
Earlier, he worked as a construction foreman and for many years lived six months in Germany and six months in Argentina. He still supports his father’s Nazi ideology, the report said.
Adolf’s eldest son, Klaus Eichmann, was said to have moved from Argentina to Germany in the 1960s, abandoning his first wife, with whom he had two kids, and having three more children with another woman. He died there in 2015 after a battle with Alzheimer’s at 79.
The second-oldest son, Horst, never left Argentina and switched several jobs over the years, the last being in furniture removal. He too left his wife, Elvira Pummer, but never divorced her as she is Catholic. He started dating Bretin Lindemann, now 61, in the 1970s, and the two remained together until Horst’s death in December 2015 of bowel cancer in Buenos Aires, aged 75.
Both Klaus and Horst supported their father’s ideology and actions to their last day.
Their youngest brother, Ricardo Eichmann, 62, is the only one to have openly condemned his father and justified the death sentence handed to him by an Israeli court.
Adolf Eichmann was the main architect of the Final Solution, the Nazi plan to exterminate Jews that led to more than six million deaths. He escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp after World War II and in 1950 fled to Argentina, where he lived until he was snatched by Mossad agents in Buenos Aires in May 1960 and smuggled to Israel.
The ability of the security services to bring him to justice was a source of pride for the fledgling Jewish state. His trial and execution riveted the nation and brought it face to face with the horrors of the Holocaust.
Eichmann was sentenced to death and hanged on June 1, 1962. His body was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.
Netflix has been streaming a movie about Eichmann’s capture and trial, called “Operation Finale.” Ben Kingsley, who plays Eichmann in the production, has said he wanted to “nail him to the gates of Auschwitz,” but the movie has been criticized by some for its sympathetic portrayal of the Holocaust mastermind.