Commander Abraham Selinger - in charge of Bureau 06, assembling evidence in the Adolf Eichmann case - gave his first press conference to foreign correspondents in Tel Aviv, June 3.
Commander Abraham Selinger - in charge of Bureau 06, assembling evidence in the Adolf Eichmann case - gave his first press conference to foreign correspondents in Tel Aviv, June 3. Stating that Eichmann had been making statements to the police for a few hours each day, the Commander requested journalists not to ask questions about eventual charges as it was "premature to expect replies".
The commander said that Eichmann - accused of killing 06 million Jews - had been given the opportunity to write his own notes and, if he wished, his own version of his role. Apart from Eichmann's investigation it would be necessary to gather considerable material - some from the Nuremberg trials and various state trials in Poland, Czechoslovakia and other countries. One reporter asked if Eichmann had placed any copyright on his memoirs as "he could make a lot of money out of this." Commander Selinger replied that there was a copyright on the writings but "it belonged to the Israel Police."
It was officially disclosed by Israel, June 7, that Israeli secret "volunteers" traced 54-year-old Gestapo-man Eichmann in Argentina after a 15-year search, but denied that they kidnapped him. Eichmann, it is asserted, asked for 24 hours to think over their suggestion of a trial in Israel and later agreed to leave Argentina to face the charges and "gain inner peace".
Israel's memorial archives of Nazi victims - Yad va Shem - were to send West German authorities the names of 325 Germans who, they allege, are war criminal eligible for prosecution. They have also handed Commander Selinger documents containing details of Eichmann's wartime activities. They are said to contain minutes of a meeting at the German War Ministry, signed by Eichmann, reporting the deportation of 55,000 Jews from Berlin, Prague and Budapest, explaining the arrangements for secrecy.