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Operation Eichmann (1961)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, History | 3 April 1961 (Sweden)
With the defeat of Germany that ends World War II in Europe, the Allies discover the true horror of more than six million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis - and the fact that one of the ... See full summary »


R.G. Springsteen


Lester Cole

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Werner Klemperer ... Adolf Eichmann
Ruta Lee ... Anna Kemp
Donald Buka ... David
Barbara Turner ... Sara
John Banner ... Rudolf Höss
Hanna Landy ... Frau Tessa Hess
Lester Fletcher ... Kurt Kessner
Steve Gravers ... Jacob
Jimmy Baird Jimmy Baird ... David, as a Young Boy (as Jim Baird)
Debbie Cannon Debbie Cannon ... Sara, as a Yong Girl
Jackie Russo Jackie Russo ... Jacob, as a Young Boy
Paul Thierry Paul Thierry ... Lopez
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Sanchez
Norbert Schiller ... Uri Goldmann
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Heinrich Himmler


With the defeat of Germany that ends World War II in Europe, the Allies discover the true horror of more than six million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis - and the fact that one of the architects of this unimaginable crime has escaped. Adolf Eichmann flees to Barcelona and Argentina and the Israeli agents are determined to bring him to justice.

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3 April 1961 (Sweden) See more »

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Adolf Eichmann apologisou! See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Eric Braeden's movie debut. See more »


Rudolph Hoess (John Banner) is depicted as an SS Standartenfuhrer (Colonel) early in the war. At the time; he was actually an SS Sturmbannfuhrer (Major) and only made Obersturmbannfuhrer (Lt Col) at the end of the war. See more »


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The Man in the Glass Booth
30 May 2018 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

In 1960 only Mossad remembered Adolf Eichmann, which is why they chose in May 1960 to kidnap him and put him on trial rather than simply kill him (as they later did to Black September), and the then unfamiliarity of Eichmann's story shows in the many inaccuracies in this exploitation quickie whose title emphasises the drama of his abduction from Buenos Aires (which for starters took place at night, but is here shown taking place in broad daylight) rushed into cinemas before his trial in Jerusalem had even opened.

Although Himmler puts in an appearance played by Luis Van Rooten (repeating the role he had played nearly twenty years earlier in 'The Hitler Gang'), Heydrich is never mentioned in this film; anyone wanting a more factual picture of Eichmann's role in the Final Solution should instead watch the TV recreation of the Wannsee Conference of January 1942, 'Conspiracy' (2001), in which Eichmann is played by a saturnine Stanley Tucci. Presumably it was the Wannsee Conference blacklisted screenwriter Lester Cole (fronted by his friend Lewis Copley) had in mind in the early scene set in 1941 when Eichmann summons together several uniformed senior Nazis to tersely inform them of the role they are about to play in solving the 'Jewish Problem' in Europe.

Werner Klemperer - soon to become famous on TV as 'Colonel Klink' in 'Hogan's Heroes - looks unusual without either Klink's monocle or Eichmann's heavy-framed glasses; while his later TV co-star John ('Schultz') Banner is a good ten years older and several stone heavier than the original Rudolf Hoess, Commandant of Auschwitz, who we see sitting round the dinner table with Eichmann openly discussing the extermination of the Jews in front of Hoess's wife and kids.

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