The Nazi Hunters: Prologue–Chapter 2

This book tells the true story of the group of spies who captured war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

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  1. burly
    muscular and heavily built
    Two men climb out of the back of the Buick and walk to the front of the car, where one lifts the hood. Their breath steams in the cold air. One leans his burly frame over the engine.
  2. municipal
    of or relating to the government of a district
    The green and yellow municipal bus emerges, but instead of stopping at exactly 7:44 P.M., as it has done every other night the men have kept watch, it keeps going.
  3. convoy
    a procession of land vehicles traveling together
    Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann stood at the head of the convoy of 140 military vehicles.
  4. uprising
    organized opposition to authority
    To prevent escapes or uprisings, Eichmann planned to deceive the Jewish community leaders.
  5. acquiescence
    acceptance without protest
    Eichmann knew that these deceptions would buy time and acquiescence. Brute force would do the rest.
  6. initiate
    set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for
    He thought it best to initiate stages three and four in the more remote districts of Hungary first, and to leave the capital, Budapest, for last.
  7. brandish
    exhibit aggressively
    Brandishing whips, blackjacks, and tommy guns, guards forced everyone into the rail yard.
  8. emaciated
    very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
    Dogs barked as the Jews poured from the train, even more emaciated than they had been before.
  9. ardent
    characterized by strong enthusiasm
    Born in an industrial town in Germany, he had been raised in Linz, Austria, by a father who was a middle-class manager, a strict Protestant, and an ardent nationalist.
  10. revulsion
    intense aversion
    Given the degree of revulsion Hitler felt toward the Jewish people, Eichmann knew that being part of that office would serve his career well.
  11. unnerve
    disturb the composure of
    Despite his feelings toward Jews, Eichmann was unnerved by what he saw.
  12. misgiving
    uneasiness about the fitness of an action
    But the fear of losing his job, and the power that went with it, outweighed his misgivings....
  13. divert
    turn aside; turn away from
    Neither an Allied bombing nor a threat by an American president nor even Hitler himself was going to divert him from completing his masterpiece: the destruction of Hungarian Jewry.
  14. stupor
    marginal consciousness
    He dined at fashionable restaurants and drank himself into a stupor at cabarets.
  15. consort
    the spouse or companion of a reigning monarch
    While away from his wife, Vera, and their three sons, he had two steady mistresses: one a rich, thirty-year-old divorcée, the other the consort of a Hungarian count.
  16. lavish
    characterized by extravagance and profusion
    He spent weekends at castles or just stayed in his villa, with its lavish gardens and retinue of servants.
  17. retinue
    the group following and attending to some important person
    He spent weekends at castles or just stayed in his villa, with its lavish gardens and retinue of servants.
  18. provisions
    a stock or supply of foods
    With few provisions and no shelter, the weak soon began falling behind.
  19. indifferent
    marked by a lack of interest
    Zeev had learned not to believe such promises, but he was too tired, too cold, and too indifferent to care.
  20. dejected
    affected or marked by low spirits
    In the few remaining hours before the Allies’ final attack on Berlin in April 1945, Adolf Eichmann returned to his German office and gathered his dejected unit together.
  21. holocaust
    an act of mass destruction and loss of life
    Five million was the number of Jews Eichmann estimated had been killed in his Holocaust.
  22. teem
    be full of or abuzz with
    On May 2, he went to the lakeside village of Altaussee, Austria, in the narrow wooded valley at the foot of the Dachstein and Totengebirge mountains, where he met up with his family. The village was teeming with Nazi Party leaders and members of the Gestapo.
  23. directive
    a pronouncement encouraging or banning some activity
    A few days later, an orderly arrived with a directive from Himmler: “It is prohibited to fire on Englishmen and Americans.”
  24. forge
    make a copy of with the intent to deceive
    As he hiked away into the mountains, Eichmann was far from prepared to be a man on the run. He had little money, no safe house, and no forged papers.
  25. underscore
    draw a line or lines underneath to call attention to
    A few evenings later, at his apartment on Landstrasse 40, just two doors down from the OSS office in Linz, Wiesenthal sat at his desk, looking at his own list of names. Eichmann was now underscored for emphasis.
  26. woo
    make amorous advances towards
    Using the story that he was a former Dutch SS officer by the name of Henry van Diamant, he earned the confidence of Eichmann’s wife, Vera, who was still living in Altaussee, and he wooed several of Eichmann’s mistresses in his efforts to gather information.
  27. frivolous
    not serious in content, attitude, or behavior
    An attractive, frivolous woman, Mösenbacher often bragged of her relationship with “Adolf,” the high-ranking SS officer.
  28. deliberately
    with intention; in an intentional manner
    One evening, he deliberately let his wallet fall open to show his forged Dutch SS identification.
  29. vapid
    lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest
    For weeks, Diamant had tolerated this vapid woman, who spoke viciously about the Jews, all to arrive at this point.
  30. pretense
    the act of giving a false appearance
    The next morning the police seized the album on the pretense that they had received a tip that Mösenbacher was hiding stolen ration cards in it.
  31. consul
    a diplomat appointed to protect a government's interests
    Upon his return to Linz, he phoned the Israeli consul in Vienna and followed up by sending him a package that contained the contents of the baron’s letter, a biography of Eichmann, examples of his handwriting, the photograph, and a chronicle of the eight-year search for him.
  32. socialist
    advocating the state ownership of industry
    His dinner guest was unaware that Lothar was half-Jewish and had been imprisoned at the Dachau concentration camp for socialist activities in 1936.
  33. prejudice
    a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue
    To avoid prejudice from the Argentine German community, Lothar had hidden his background.
  34. lineage
    the kinship relation between an individual and progenitors
    Sylvia had been raised a Christian, and few people, even close friends, knew of Lothar’s Jewish lineage or that he had lost his sight as a result of Gestapo beatings.
  35. at large
    having escaped, especially from confinement
    One of the individuals listed as still being at large was the SS officer responsible for overseeing the mass murder of the Jews, Adolf Eichmann.
Created on July 17, 2020 (updated August 3, 2020)

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