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In brief - Karl Adolf Eichmann 1906-1962 headed Gestapo Department IV B4 for Jewish Affairs serving as a self proclaimed Jewish specialist and was the man responsible for keeping the trains rolling from all over Europe to death camps during the Final Solution Eichmann was born on March 19 1906 near Cologne Germany into a middle class Protestant family His family moved to Austria following the death of young Adolfs mother He spent his youth in Linz Austria which had also been Hitlers home town As a boy Eichmann was teased about his looks and dark complexion and was nicknamed the little Jew by classmates After failing to complete his engineering studies Eichmann had various jobs including working as a laborer in his fathers small mining company working in sales for an electrical construction company and also worked as a travelling salesman for an American oil company In 1932 at age 26 he joined the growing Austrian Nazi Party at the suggestion of his friend Ernst Kaltenbrunner Eichmann then became a member of the SS and in 1934 served as an SS corporal at Dachau concentration camp In September 1934 Eichmann found relief from the monotony of that assignment by getting a job in Heydrichs SD the powerful SS security service Eichmann started out as a filing clerk cataloging information about Freemasons He was then assigned to the Jewish section which was busy collecting information on all prominent Jews This marked the beginning of Eichmanns interest in the Jews He studied all aspects of Jewish culture attended Jewish meetings and often visited Jewish sections of cities while taking volumes of notes He became familiar with the issue of Zionism studied Hebrew and could even speak a bit of Yiddish He gradually became the acknowledged Jewish specialist realizing this could have positive implications for his career in the SS He soon attracted the attention of Heydrich and SS Reichsfhrer
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