The Nazi Hunters: Chapter 15–Epilogue

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

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  1. cacophonous
    having an unpleasant sound
    Shalom and Aharoni arrived in the smoky, cacophonous restaurant.
  2. circuitous
    deviating from a straight course
    Aharoni took a long, circuitous route to the airport in order to avoid the checkpoints on the major roads.
  3. sentry
    a person employed to keep watch or stand guard
    An armed sentry walked up to the first car and recognized Peleg and Shalom sitting inside.
  4. listless
    marked by low spirits; showing no enthusiasm
    Eichmann remained listless, as if he didn’t even hear the warning.
  5. reverberation
    an echo
    In the terminal restaurant, Isser Harel felt the reverberations from the Britannia’s engines against the window.
  6. oversight
    an unintentional omission from failure to notice something
    At last Klein found a customs official. The tall, heavily bearded officer walked into the lounge and apologized for the delay. From his sheepish grin, they knew it had merely been an oversight.
  7. sextant
    an instrument for measuring angular distance
    Once over the ocean, the flight engineer and the navigator figured out their position using the stars and a sextant that projected through a hatch in the flight-deck ceiling.
  8. galley
    the kitchen area for food preparation on an airliner
    That journey had covered 5,760 miles in fifteen hours—the longest flight ever taken by a commercial airliner at that time—in a plane stripped of its seats, its galleys, and anything else deemed unnecessary, including passengers.
  9. deviation
    a variation from the standard or norm
    Shaul and Tohar were confident that they would reach Dakar, but they were also conscious that anything might happen to interfere with their plans. Over a thirteen- to fourteen-hour flight, slight deviations could add up to create big problems.
  10. compliant
    disposed to act in accordance with someone's wishes
    In his seat in the back of the plane, Adolf Eichmann continued to be as compliant as he had been in the safe house.
  11. steward
    an attendant on an airplane
    A steward drew the curtain across the first-class cabin and turned off the lights.
  12. aback
    by surprise
    It was not the response Harel expected, and he was slightly taken aback. “Of course I am positive. He even admitted it himself.”
  13. relish
    derive or receive pleasure from
    Harel phoned the Prime Minister and delivered the news. At last Ben-Gurion allowed himself to relish the operation’s success.
  14. solemn
    dignified and somber in manner or character
    In a solemn, strong voice he said, “I have to inform the Knesset that a short time ago one of the most notorious Nazi war criminals, Adolf Eichmann—who was responsible, together with the Nazi leaders, for what they called the ‘Final Solution of the Jewish Question,’ that is, the extermination of six million of the Jews of Europe—was discovered by the Israeli security services...."
  15. staggering
    so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm
    “When they had recovered from the staggering blow,” an Israeli journalist later reported, “a wave of agitation engulfed the hearers, agitation so deep that its likes had never before been known in the Knesset.”
  16. naive
    marked by or showing unaffected simplicity
    “I’m not naive,” his brother said. “I know you were away for over two months, and I heard Ben-Gurion on the radio. I can add two and two together. Or can I? Well done!”
  17. instigate
    serve as the inciting cause of
    Vera Eichmann called upon the Argentine courts to instigate proceedings against those involved in her husband’s kidnapping.
  18. falter
    be or become weak, unsteady, or uncertain
    By the fall, relations between Argentina and Israel had improved, and Vera Eichmann’s case faltered.
  19. dais
    a platform raised above the surrounding level
    In front of them, on the first level of a three-stepped dais, were the five prosecutors and two defense attorneys in their black gowns, seated at tables, side by side.
  20. demeanor
    the way a person behaves toward other people
    There was muffled conversation as people attempted to understand how this man, with his ordinary face and measured demeanor, could be responsible for so much suffering.
  21. preside
    act as executive officer
    The presiding judge, Moshe Landau, began reading the indictment, head down, hands together as if in prayer.
  22. indictment
    a formal document charging a person with some offense
    The presiding judge, Moshe Landau, began reading the indictment, head down, hands together as if in prayer.
  23. plunder
    steal goods; take as spoils
    He had plundered the property of Jews through robbery, terror, and torture.
  24. composed
    serenely self-possessed and free from agitation
    Throughout the prosecution, Eichmann remained composed and alert.
  25. indiscriminate
    failing to make or recognize distinctions
    He recounted the selection process at Auschwitz, the march from the coal mines, SS officer Lausmann and the pot, the indiscriminate shootings in the forest.
  26. exhaustive
    performed comprehensively and completely
    Indeed, given the exhaustive coverage of the trial in the newspapers and on radio and television, Zeev’s story was broadcast across the globe.
  27. long-winded
    using or containing too many words
    Given his clipped, military tone, one might have expected straightforward answers, but instead he was long-winded and often contradicted himself.
  28. adjourn
    close at the end of a session
    After closing statements on August 14, the judges adjourned the trial to weigh their decision.
  29. acquitted
    declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime
    Eichmann was found guilty on all counts of the indictment, but he was acquitted on several individual charges within these counts.
  30. dispatch
    the act of sending off something
    On December 15, 1961, Judge Landau asked Eichmann to rise, and delivered the sentence:
    For the dispatch of each train by the accused to Auschwitz, or to any other extermination site, carrying 1,000 human beings, meant that the accused was a direct accomplice in 1,000 premeditated acts of murder...
  31. bailiff
    officer of the court employed to execute writs and processes
    Eight minutes after the session began, the bailiff called, “All rise!” and the judges left the courtroom.
  32. clemency
    leniency and compassion shown toward offenders
    His request for clemency to the Israeli President was also denied, and on May 30, the judges informed Eichmann that he would be hanged at midnight.
  33. ashen
    pale from illness or emotion
    Eichmann half closed his eyes, looking down at the trapdoor underneath his feet. His face was ashen.
  34. crest
    the top line of a hill, mountain, or wave
    The ashes drifted up on the crest of a wave, then disappeared.
  35. implicated
    culpably involved
    In the weeks after Ben-Gurion’s announcement, Bauer and his fellow West German prosecutors arrested a host of former Nazis implicated in the atrocities, including several of Eichmann’s deputies.
Created on July 18, 2020 (updated August 3, 2020)

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