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Amorality, Guilt and Being Ordinary

The opening statement in a PBS article about Adolf Eichmann states that perhaps no one besides Adolf Hitler was as obsessed with killing European Jews as SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann. This statement is very fundamentalist in nature because it out rightly says that Adolf Eichmann was villainous.

Eichmann was not sinful; he was simply amoral. When asked to describe his boss, one of Eichmann's aides said, "He did not indicate any human feelings toward these people. He was not immoral: he was amoral and completely ice-cold in his attitude."

Adolf Eichmann, the son of an accountant, was born on March 19, 1906, in the Rhineland. After dropping out of a mechanical engineering school, he worked as a traveling salesman and laborer. During WWI, Eichmann's family relocated from Germany to Linz, Austria. His life before the Nazis was ordinary. He was a traveling salesperson for an oil firm in Oberösterreich (Upper Austria). However, he lost his job during the Great Depression.