HOUSTON, TX (Jan. 17, 2012) – The incredible true story of the love affair between Adolf Eichmann’s son and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor who immigrated with his family to Argentina after the war will be presented in a special film screening of the movie “Eichmann’s Fate” this February at Holocaust Museum Houston.
The 90-minute film, with English subtitles, will be shown Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Museum’s Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater in the Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to register online. For more information, call 713-942-8000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
After escaping from an American prisoner-of-war camp, Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann made his way through northern Germany to Italy where he obtained an Argentine visa and humanitarian passport issued by the International Red Cross. On July 14, 1950, he boarded a ship heading for Buenos Aires and virtually disappeared.
“Eichmann’s Fate” reveals the incredible true story of the love affair between Eichmann’s son and the daughter of Lothar Hermann, a Holocaust survivor. The love affair led to Eichmann’s eventual capture by the Mossad when Hermann recognized Eichmann and verified his identity for the Israeli secret agents. “Eichmann’s Fate” is a docu-drama that combines historical reenactments with interviews and documentary footage to bring this unknown story vibrantly to life. Featuring actors with credits including “Run Lola Run” and “The Lives of Others,” the film drops the viewer into 1950s Buenos Aires, where Jewish refugees and unrepentant Nazis variously harbor dreams of revenge and vindication.
Simultaneously, it documents the dogged efforts of Fritz Bauer, the state public prosecutor in Frankfurt, to bring Eichmann to justice even as elements within the German government conspired to shield war criminals from prosecution. In the face of initial skepticism on the part of German and Israeli authorities, Silvia and her father relentlessly pursue their suspect. As the tension mounts, it becomes clear both will risk everything to ensure that Eichmann is caught and made to pay for his crimes.
Director Raymond Ley will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward. This event is generously underwritten and cosponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, with special thanks to United Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.