The secret diaries of Adolf Eichmann, the notorious persecutor of the Jews in the time of the Third Reich, form the basis of this exciting documentary, which shows how the Jews were mercilessly hunted down while interweaving this story with Eichmann's own life history. Eichmann remained an unrepentant Nazi till the end: he was traced to Argentina by the Israeli secret police Mossad, held in prison in Israel and finally executed in 1962.
This psychological study follows the personal share of responsibility borne by a convinced Nazi, and incorporates shots of the scenes of historic events throughout Europe from the Nazis' seizure of power in 1933 to the present day. Contemporary witnesses do not just give an account of their own past dealings with fate: they also yield insights into the psyche of a man for whom not murder, but betrayal of the Fatherland was seen as the worst of crimes. The result is a comprehensive analysis of the abyss that lurks in the human psyche - an account that terrifies and fascinates in equal measure.