Lothar Hermann, the man who found Eichmann in Argentina.

An example of injustice Lothar Hermann, the third of eleven children, was born in 1901 in Quirnbach, Germany, within a Jewish family. In 1935, he was arrested by the Gestapo for having exchange a little amount of money crossing the French border. Due to the torture that he suffered in the concentration camp of Dachau he lost the light of one eye. Under the Nazi period only four of eleven children saved their lives: Hugo went to South America, Berthold to France and Elsa to Palestine, where she worked several years under condition of slave labour, finally she was able to immigrate to the United States. His parents and the other brothers and sisters were murdered in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. In 1938, Lothar and his wife arrived in Uruguay. Soon they decided to go to Argentina. In 1940, they settled in Rosario, where Silvia was born one year later, their only child. In 1943 they moved to Olivos, in the north of Buenos Aires, in a residential neighbourhood. There were living German immigrants, but then after the war, came several top Nazis who joined the German-speaking community. Among them was Adolf Eichmann, who used for his escape the name Ricardo Klement, and his wife and four children, Klaus, Horst Dieter and Ricardo (the child born in Argentina). The neighbours knew him as Eichmann, and his sons were listed under the write surname Eichmann in school. In 1954, Silvia went with some friends of the neighbourhood to a cinema to see of German films. Back home, she told that she had known a boy named Klaus Eichmann. Lothar knew that name, he remembered a high Nazi official. It was not difficult to confirm that the father of Klaus was a mass murderer and an officer of the SS, responsible to transportation of 400,000 Jews to the extermination camp of Auschwitz. Lothar informed the Jewish organizations in Buenos Aires, but obviously he got no satisfactory answers. He felt threatened and decided to move in 1955 to Coronel Suarez, in the south of the province of Buenos Aires. He continued gathering information about Eichmann but nobody was interested. The 1957, he reported the address of Eichmann to Dr. Fritz Bauer, Attorney General of Frankfurt. Lothar did not understand why nobody seems to care about the whereabouts of a responsible for the systematic murder of Jews. In October 1959, the newspaper Argentinisches Tageblatt published the announcement that the Documentation Center of Haifa offered a reward for the person who can provide data on the whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann. He responded immediately and sent the requested information, this time the director of the Documentation Center of Haifa, Mr. Tuviah Friedmann. He wrote that his interest was not in the reward but to do justice because all his family died under the Nazi regime. After five years of unsuccessful attempts, for the surprise of all, Eichmann is arrested in Israel in 1960. Lothar sent several letters to various personalities of Israel in order to remember the payment of the reward for the information. One letter was addressed to the Minister of Justice Pinchas Rosen, but his demand was refused. According to the official story, Eichmann had been discovered by the Israeli secret service, the Mossad. Lothar contradicted this version. He also mentioned several other things like severe crimes and corruption. He wrote that he knew the real story and the names of the people who really initiated the operation. Lothar received a response with the instruction to behave like a good Jew and close his mouth. Literally the wrote him, that “he should feel satisfied that others brought the criminal to trial”. A few days after that “advice”, in March 1961, five Israeli agents raided his home in Coronel Suarez accompanied by two agents of intelligence service of West Germany and by Mr Gregory Schurmann, a senior official of the DAIA (Jewish Community) and accused him of being Josef Mengele. He was sent to prison for two weeks and in his cell he was mistreated. In 1959, his daughter Silvia had immigrated to the United States. His wife stayed with him until her death in 1962. After the episode of imprisonment in Coronel Suarez, he faced harassment and persecution in the next ten years. He was treated by the local police as a dangerous criminal. Only in 1972, Golda Meir, the Prime Minister of Israel, approved the payment of the promised reward and this means she recognized his work in the discovery of the whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann. Two years later, in 1974, he died in Coronel Suarez where he is buried. Finally on August 13, 2012, Lothar Hermann received posthumous honours and recognition of Israel as the person who discovered and Adolf Eichmann, the responsible for the systematic killing of Jews in World War II. Six weeks later, on September 28, 2012, Ricardo Moccero (mayor of the city of Coronel Suarez) headed the event, recognizing his work. With the presence of grandniece Liliana Hermann and other residents, especially the Israeli Association of Coronel Suarez, was placed a commemorative inscription in the cemetery remembering the injustice against Lothar Hermann. The tomb in which lies now, had been unidentified for years, was repaired and now you can see his name inscribed on gravestone. German Ambassador to Argentina, Bernhard Graf von Waldersee, sent a letter exposing the importance of this investigation for the world. Acknowledgment The reconstruction was based on historical documents released in Argentina, Germany and Israel. Recognition should be given to: Gabriele Weber, Liliana Hermann y Ariel MerelesLiliana Hermann Liliana Hermann, grandniece, which started the investigation about her family several years ago, accompanied by her husband Ariel Mereles. The Hermann family can now show to the world the real history. Dr. Gabriele Weber, a German journalist and historian who started a law suit in order to receive declassified documents of intelligence agency BND. Dr. Leopoldo Schiffrin, Federal Judge in La Plata, who helped to get desclassified files of police intelligence of Buenos Aires. And Hagai Tsoref, director of the National Archives of the State of Israel. He sent all correspondence between Lothar Hermann and government authorities to Liliana. These documents confirm the above mentioned. Fifty years after the arrest, kidnapping and trial and execution of Eichmann, finally is known the true story how it was found and the unfair treatment that received the man who found him.