Press Journal (Vero Beach, FL) March 7, 2000, Tuesday EDITORIAL Although historical scholarship dictated otherwise, Israel's decision to keep Adolf Eichmann's prison memoirs locked up in the state archives for 38 years is wholly understandable. Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust, had intended his 1,300 pages of obsessive musings to be published after his death. The title was to be "False Gods," the implication being that the Nazi creed had been a false one. However, it was an ideology he hewed to from the time he joined the Nazi Party in 1932 right up until the Israelis bagged him in Argentina in 1960. The Israelis finally agreed to the release of the Eichmann papers in connection with a libel suit in a British court involving two historians and addressing the questions of whether the Holocaust actually took place and, if so, in the manner and magnitude that is now widely accepted as historical fact. If further evidence were needed on top of the already voluminous evidence of that crime, Eichmann's appalling reminiscences are the final refutation to deniers of the Holocaust. In excerpts made public, Eichmann, approaches the slimy in simultaneously trying to evade responsibility - "just one of the many horses pulling the wagon" - while making sure the world knew he had participated in no small crime - "the biggest and most enormous dance of death of all time." He asked that his wife distribute copies of his book with the inscription "best wishes." Alas for Eichmann and sadly for mankind, the extermination of 6 million Jews and others was not the biggest dance of death of the 20th century. Chairman Mao and Stalin and Lenin killed far more people than Hitler. But for sheer, methodical, murderous malevolence, Eichmann was their equal and his memoirs ensure he will be remembered with special loathing.
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