Monday, October 12, 2009

70 Years Ago Today 12/10/39

Helsinki: The Soviet Union makes its official demand for an exchange of territory with Finland as an offshoot to the Nazi Soviet pact. This would lead to a vicious war to be fought between the two in the winter of 1939/40 in what is one of the wars forgotten theatres.

Krakow Poland: Hitler appoints the Nazi lawyer Hans frank to head the new administration for German occupied Poland now renamed the "General Government".

Europe: Adolf Eichmann begins deporting Jews from Austria and Czechoslovakia into occupied Poland. This is of course the same Eichmann that would escape Germany after the war only to be tracked down by the Israelis in 1960 who found him hiding out in Argentina. They brought him back to Jerusalem where he met justice by the hang mans rope.

Eichmann, one of the architects of the Holocaust taking notes at his trial in July 1961

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