Holocaust papers released: When 'following orders' doesn't cut it

January 27, 2016 5:15 PM

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Holocaust papers released: When 'following orders' doesn't cut it

A note released on Holocaust Remembrance Day shows Nazi official and convicted war criminal Adolf Eichmann pleading for clemency on the basis that he had only followed orders and was not responsible for 'unspeakable horrors' against Jews.

A Nazi war criminal convicted by Israeli courts in 1961 made a final plea for clemency – seen in a note released by Israel's president Wednesday – as he repeated without success an oft-made claim that he had "acted on orders."

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