Jewish Leadership in Times of Crisis: Argentina During the Eichmann Affair (1960–1962)

Haim Avni

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XI: Values, Interests, and Identity

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780195103311
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854585 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Jewish Leadership in Times of Crisis: Argentina During the Eichmann Affair (1960–1962)

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Two basic questions arise whenever security and political crises occur: on the one hand, how much authority does a voluntary leadership command within its own community; and, on the other hand, how much influence on the national political powers can such a leadership expect to have. These general issues are examined here via a case study of one of the most protracted crises in the relations between Argentines and the Jews: the kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann in 1960 and his subsequent trial and execution in Israel in June 1962. This process unfolded against the backdrop of growing political instability in Argentina, in which antisemitism became a growing threat to the community's well-being.

Keywords: Adolf Eichmann; Argentina; Jews; antisemitism; kidnapping; security; authority; voluntary leadership; Israel; political instability

Chapter.  10005 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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