The House on Garibaldi Street: I Get to Touch History

English: The Defendant inside his glas booth d...

English: The Defendant inside his glas booth during the Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem. At the table in the foreground: Defense counsel Robert Servatius (lower center of picture, with headphones) and chief prosecutor Gideon Hausner (right lower corner of picture, with glasses). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NOTE:  This is a draft of a story I have coming out soon in Huffington Post.  Ale knows my love of all things history and she has volunteered to show me the place here in Buenos Aires where Adolf Eichmann was captured by the Israeli MOSSAD.  The photos here aren’t mine, but when we visit the site this coming Saturday, I will be taking photographs and using them in the HuffPo story.

Adolf Eichmann

The house on Garibaldi Street is gone now.  If you visit 14 Garibaldi Street today, you won’t see the single story, stone, flat roofed dwelling that used to occupy this piece of ground.  You’ll just see the ground.

There is just an empty lot now at what was once the home of history’s most infamous murderer.  Adolf Eichmann and his family lived here when he was captured by the Israeli Mossad and spirited away to answer for his crimes in Nazi Germany.

When Eichmann lived here the house number was 14.  Today it is 4261.  As Eichmann and his sons built the house, this suburb of Buenos Aires was rural and their house was one of few on this sparsely populated road.

Today the street is crowded with lower income homes and businesses.  The only vacant lot now is where Eichmann’s home stood.  Afraid of what the house might become, the city bought it — and then tore it down.

It was on the street directly in front where four Israeli Mossad agents parked their car.  Putting the hood up to feign engine trouble, they waited on Eichmann to get off the 7:30 bus from work.

The House on Garibaldi Street

The bus ran late tthat night and at 8pm when Eichmann stepped into the street, he saw the car and men standing around.  Walking over to ask if they needed help, the four men surrounded Eichmann.

Wrestling him into the car, they put him in the back floorboard and put goggles over his eyes.  With the goggles lenses taped, Eichmann couldn’t see where he was going as the sedan sped off into the Argentine night.

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