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Lothar Hermann Dead at 72

July 8, 1974
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Lothar Hermann, 72. a German-born Jew residing in Argentina, and responsible for tipping off the Israelis as to the whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann, died yesterday of a heart attack. Hermann, who was an inmate of Dachau concentration camp, wrote to Tuvia Friedman, who heads the Haifa Documentation Center for Nazi Crimes, confirming the suspicions of the Israeli government that Eichmann was indeed living in Argentina.

It took three years for the Israeli government to capture Eichmann who headed the Jewish section of the Gestapo. Eichmann was smuggled out of Argentina, tried and hanged in Israel. There was a question of a $10,000 reward for information leading to Eichmann’s capture, offered by the Haifa Documentation Center. When Hermann claimed the reward, the Israeli government said that they would not honor it because the offer was not an official one. In 1971, the claim was renewed via a letter to Premier Golda Meir and Hermann was finally paid.

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