The Nazi Hunters: Chapters 10–14

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

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  1. reconnaissance
    the act of scouting, especially to gain information
    On May 9, driving to San Fernando on reconnaissance, Rafi Eitan turned onto Route 202 near Garibaldi Street, and suddenly found himself at the scene of an accident.
  2. reprieve
    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    Even with the one-day reprieve, the team rushed to finish their preparations. They needed to check out of their hotels, move into their assigned safe houses, and assume completely different identities.
  3. edict
    a formal or authoritative proclamation
    “For the first time in history the Jews will judge their assassins, and for the first time the world will hear the full story of the edict of annihilation against an entire people. Everything depends on the action we are about to take.”
  4. repertoire
    the range of skills in a particular field or occupation
    They were to use every evasive driving maneuver in their repertoire, break every traffic law, and even use the second car, the one driven by Shalom, to ram their pursuers if necessary.
  5. covert
    secret or hidden
    They were almost a separate breed of men, he thought, so calm in the moments before this covert operation began.
  6. ebb
    fall away or decline
    The surge of expectation slowly ebbed. Nobody wanted to voice the concern they all shared: They might have missed their opportunity.
  7. marshal
    make ready for action or use
    She would only be reporting a missing husband—a common enough occurrence that the Argentine police would not marshal their forces to investigate.
  8. leverage
    strategic advantage; power to act effectively
    When Tabor reached the ditch, Eichmann was pressing his feet against its side to gain some leverage against Malkin, who had his arms locked around his waist.
  9. copse
    a dense growth of trees, shrubs, or bushes
    A mile from Garibaldi Street, Shalom steered onto a dirt side road and stopped by a copse of trees.
  10. fathom
    come to understand
    Aharoni could not fathom how this sad, pathetic creature could be Adolf Eichmann, once the master of the lives of millions of Jews.
  11. staccato
    marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds
    Instead, he wore his subjects down with staccato bursts of questions, twisting them in their own lies and hammering them with known facts until the truth was the only way out.
  12. credible
    capable of being believed
    He had never heard the name, and the manner in which his subject was answering his questions, coolly and credibly, put him off.
  13. ingratiating
    capable of winning favor
    Eichmann spoke again, this time in an ingratiating tone. “You can quite easily understand that I’m agitated. I would like to ask for a little wine, if it’s possible—red wine—to help me control my emotions.”
  14. disheveled
    in disarray; extremely disorderly
    When he saw Shalom and Aharoni, disheveled and tired though they looked, he knew that they had succeeded.
  15. contingency
    a possible event or occurrence or result
    Their contingency plans provided for the police storming the house. But what if they were discovered by a group of Nazi sympathizers?
  16. adjoin
    lie next to another or share a boundary
    A guard was stationed in Eichmann’s room at all times, the door always open, the light always on, and Eitan slept in the adjoining room so that he would always be nearby.
  17. hamper
    prevent the progress or free movement of
    This would not only hamper Eichmann’s chances of escape, but if he did somehow manage to get away, he would be unable to identify anybody on the Mossad team.
  18. expatriate
    a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country
    They went to see one of the leading figures in the expatriate German community, Carlos Fuldner, the man who had helped their father get into Argentina.
  19. fascist
    relating to authoritarian hierarchical government
    Fiercely Catholic, Tacuara was militant, fascist, and anti-Semitic. Its aims included freeing Argentina from liberal democracy, capitalism, and Jewish influence.
  20. capitalism
    an economic system based on private ownership of assets
    Fiercely Catholic, Tacuara was militant, fascist, and anti-Semitic. Its aims included freeing Argentina from liberal democracy, capitalism, and Jewish influence.
  21. subservience
    abject or cringing submissiveness
    Too scared to attempt any resistance, Eichmann was obedient to the point of subservience.
  22. reconnoiter
    explore, often with the goal of finding something
    Together, the three men reconnoitered the airport for the most discreet way to get Eichmann onto the plane.
  23. discreet
    marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
    Together, the three men reconnoitered the airport for the most discreet way to get Eichmann onto the plane.
  24. breach
    a failure to perform some promised act or obligation
    He determined that the guards watching the side entrance to the maintenance area would be the easiest to deceive. They were more concerned about theft than any other kind of security breach.
  25. meticulously
    in a manner marked by extreme care of details
    The escape from Argentina had to be planned as meticulously as the capture itself.
  26. debilitating
    impairing strength and vitality
    Harel had always suspected that it would be stressful to guard Eichmann, but he did not understand the debilitating effect until he went upstairs to see the prisoner himself.
  27. vestige
    an indication that something has been present
    He later wrote about his agents’ mood: “The sight of that miserable runt, who had lost every vestige of his former superiority and arrogance the moment he was stripped of his uniform and powers of authority, gave them a feeling of insult and profound scorn. Was this the personification of evil? Was this the tool used by a diabolic government? This nonentity, devoid of human dignity and pride, was this the messenger of death for six million Jews?”
  28. devoid
    completely wanting or lacking
    He later wrote about his agents’ mood: “The sight of that miserable runt, who had lost every vestige of his former superiority and arrogance the moment he was stripped of his uniform and powers of authority, gave them a feeling of insult and profound scorn. Was this the personification of evil? Was this the tool used by a diabolic government? This nonentity, devoid of human dignity and pride, was this the messenger of death for six million Jews?”
  29. oppressive
    weighing heavily on the senses or spirit
    By May 17, the mood at the safe house had darkened, and the boredom was oppressive.
  30. idleness
    the trait of being inactive or lazy
    A few tasks did offer some relief from the strain of idleness.
  31. imposing
    impressive in appearance
    Eichmann had been given a close shave and dressed in a suit. Makeup had been applied to his face, and he looked startlingly younger and more imposing—more like his wartime photograph.
  32. dignitary
    an important or influential person
    At the top of the steps, Abba Eban, the head of the delegation, smiled for the cameras and waved good-bye to the dignitaries who had come to see them off.
  33. ostensibly
    from appearances alone
    All of the delegation members, including Eban, were scheduled to return to Israel on American civilian airlines— ostensibly because the Britannia was needed back earlier for its regular routes.
  34. ulterior
    lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed
    After checking the crew roster, Captain Shmuel Wedeles, one of two copilots selected by Tohar for the mission, was sure there was an ulterior motive.
  35. tarmac
    a paved road or surface, especially at an airport
    Once all the passengers had settled into their places and the crew was ready, loudspeakers in the terminal building and outside on the tarmac boomed in Hebrew and then in English, "Announcing the departure of Flight 601, Tel Aviv to Buenos Aires.”
  36. firebrand
    someone who deliberately foments trouble
    Some of the young firebrands who were assisting them urged Dieter and Nick to make a bold move if they wanted to have any chance of finding their father.
  37. futile
    producing no result or effect
    I, the undersigned, Adolf Eichmann, declare of my own free will that, since my true identity has been discovered, I realize that it is futile for me to attempt to go on evading justice.
  38. endeavor
    attempt by employing effort
    I understand that I shall receive legal aid, and I shall endeavor to give a straightforward account of the facts of my last years of service in Germany so that a true picture of the facts may be passed on to future generations.
  39. harangue
    address forcefully
    Malkin tried to justify himself, showing the signed statement, but they were more worried about calming Medad then haranguing Malkin for disobeying orders.
  40. concede
    be willing to yield
    They were testing the Britannia’s limits as it was; the added risk of an exhausted crew would be inviting disaster. Harel conceded. They would depart close to midnight on May 20.
Created on July 18, 2020 (updated August 3, 2020)

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