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Argentinian Jew to Get $10,000 Award for Aiding in Capture of Eichmann

December 15, 1971
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A 70 year-old blind Argentinian Jew will receive a $10,000 reward from the Israeli Government for providing information that led to the capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960, it was announced here, thus ending the 12 year fight of Luther Herman of Buenos Aires to claim the reward which he says is rightfully his. Herman, a German-born former inmate of Dachau where he lost his sight, learned of Eichmann’s whereabouts in 1959 through his daughter who was dating a young man named Nicolaus. The young man turned out to be Eichmann’s son.

Herman wrote to Tuvia Freedman, of Haifa, an Israeli tracking down wanted Nazi war criminals. Eichmann was kidnapped by Israeli agents and brought to Israel where he was tried in 1961 and executed in 1962 for his role in the mass deportation of Jews to Nazi death camps during World War II. But the Israeli Government said at the time that the $10,000 reward had been offered without government authorization by the World Federation of Victims of the Nazi regime. Israeli intelligence agents furthermore dismissed Herman’s information and claimed that they tracked down Eichmann on their own. The Government said yesterday that it would honor the reward offer. There was no explanation of why the government reversed its position.

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