The fates of Nazi monster Adolf Eichmann’s four sons can be revealed for the first time today by MailOnline.
Eichmann was the mastermind behind the Holocaust and gatekeeper of the Third Reich who sent six million Jews to their deaths.
The incredible story of how he was found living in a modest house in Argentina and snatched off the street by Mossad before being executed in Israel has been turned into a gripping film ‘Operation Finale’ by Netflix.
Now a former mistress of Eichmann’s son reveals what became of all four of the Eichmann boys – the three eldest Klaus, Horst and Dieter, all of whom idolised their father even after his death and the youngest, Ricardo, who rejected him.
MailOnline tracked down Carmen Bretín Lindemann, 61, long-term partner of the monster’s second son Horst, to her home in Garupá, northern Argentina.
Standing next to a cabinet owned by ‘Grandpa Eichmann’, Carmen revealed the truth about the Netflix blockbuster – that Eichmann’s second son Horst was closest to his father not his eldest son Klaus, as portrayed in the film.
Describing Horst as a ‘strong Nazi’, she said he flew a swastika above the family home when their father was snatched, and often wore a Nazi armband around the house.
She said: ‘After Grandpa Eichmann was kidnapped, it was a crisis for the family.
‘It was a very difficult time when he was in prison in Israel. The family were prepared for his execution. They all knew it would happen.
‘Grandpa Eichmann had once told them that he was tired of being a fugitive. He knew what was coming and the older children knew it too.
‘They expected it, but it didn’t make it easier. When he was executed, Klaus and Horst became very angry and started attacking Jews. That made things even worse for them.’
Like many German war criminals, Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer Eichmann, who was in charge of deporting European Jewry to the gas chambers, went on the run and settled into obscurity in Argentina in 1950.
Changing his name to Ricardo Klement, he lived quietly with his wife Veronika Liebl and their four sons in an unassuming house in Buenos Aires where he worked at the local Mercedes plant before he was caught and executed.
The Netflix blockbuster showed how Eichmann’s identity was discovered by a Jewish woman called Sylvia Hermann, who briefly dated his eldest son, Klaus.
Klaus did not know that Sylvia was Jewish, or that her blind father Lother had survived the notorious Dachau concentration camp.
He boasted about Eichmann’s exploits as one of Adolf Hitler’s most trusted henchmen – but said he had been killed during the war and that he was raised by his uncle in Argentina.
But after Sylvia overheard her boyfriend calling him ‘father’, she alerted Israel’s secret service.
On May 11, 1960 Eichmann was seized by Mossad agents as he got off a bus near the home he built at 14 Garibaldi street, which has since been destroyed.
He was blindfolded and held in a safe house, before being sedated and spirited out of Argentina on a plane to Israel, where he was tried and found guilty.
Fearing retaliation from Eichmann’s sons, Sylvia fled to the west coast of America, where she still lives.
During his trial, Eichmann boasted that he would ‘leap laughing into my grave’ because of his ‘extraordinary satisfaction’ at killing millions of Jews.
While he was stood at the gallows at his execution in ‘Ramla’ jail in 1962, an official said his last words before he was hanged were, ‘I hope that all of you will follow me.’
Carmen, a professional seamstress who spent 13 years with Horst, described how he had worshipped his father.
‘Horst was a very strong Nazi and believed that his father had done nothing wrong,’ she said.
‘Apart from Ricardo, all the brothers agreed that Grandpa Eichmann was innocent. He told his sons that Hitler went after the Jews because they planned to sterilise Germans by putting a chemical in the water.
‘That is why they were killed, he told them. Horst strongly believed that his father had done the right thing. If Horst thought his Grandpa Eichman was guilty, his whole world would have fallen apart.’
After Eichmann’s execution, Horst and Klaus formed a Nazi terror cell that carried out attacks on Jewish businesses and synagogues.
In 1962, following a shoot-out with the gang, police raided their HQ and unearthed Nazi propaganda, guns and Molotov cocktails intended for an attack on a Jewish school bus. Horst was jailed two years later for possessing firearms and Nazi propaganda material.
According to Carmen, Eichmann persuaded his sons that he had only wanted to expel the Jews, but was forced to kill them after no other country would accept them.
Eichmann initially told his sons that he was their uncle, in order to avoid detection.
But during an argument with Horst, he admitted to being their father, Carmen said.
His abduction and execution was a turning point in his sons’ lives and they were never able to fully recover.
Horst, who as a young man worked in the merchant navy, was at sea on a cargo ship called Cap Castillo when his father was snatched. He was riddled with guilt for the rest of his life.
‘After Grandpa Eichmann was killed, the family was in all the newspapers and things became even more difficult, especially when Horst was imprisoned,’ Carmen said.
‘For a few years, Horst and Dieter had an oil business based in Bancalari, Buenos Aires. They would extract oil and sail it to Paraguay to be sold.
‘Horst also owned a plane, a Luftcombe. But with all the pressure on the family, they became broke.
‘Dieter picked up jobs in construction and as a driver for people who had lost their licences.
‘Klaus was older and Horst and Dieter didn’t see him that much. But they were all struggling.
‘It was hard for them all. Eventually, Klaus fled to Germany, where Ricardo was already living with his mother. Dieter couldn’t settle and began spending six months in Germany and six months in Buenos Aires.’
Carmen said Horst was 75 when he died of bowel cancer at their home in Junin, near Buenos Aires, in December 2015.
His brother Klaus died in Germany the same year after a battle with Alzheimer’s, aged 79.
But MailOnline tracked down Eichmann’s reclusive third son, Dieter, 76, who is pictured here for the first time.
He lives with his Italian wife, Martha Valinotti, in a flat in Olivos, Buenos Aires, not far from his father’s old home at 4261 Chacabuco Street, which has been demolished.
The former construction foreman, who divided his time between Germany and Argentina before he retired, owns a number of rental properties.
Dieter has never given an interview – but the father-of-two still insists his father was innocent, according to Carmen.
In a conversation reported in a German newspaper in 1962, Dieter said that the Holocaust occurred because Jews had too many top jobs in Germany.
In 1999, Dieter forced the Israeli government to release the writings his father produced while awaiting his trial.
When approached by MailOnline, he said: ‘I’m not saying anything about the documents or my father. I don’t know what you are talking about.’
Of Eichmann’s four sons, only the youngest, Ricardo, 62, an archaeologist living in Germany, has openly denounced his father, saying his execution was justified. He said that Eichmann is just a historical figure to him now.
Ricardo was just five years old when Eichmann was abducted. In 1995, he had an emotional meeting with one of the Israeli agents who kidnapped his father.
When approached in Germany by MailOnline, Ricardo declined to comment.
But there was a particularly strong bond between Eichmann and Horst, Carmen said.
The two would talk for hours while tending the family rabbit farm, before Eichmann took a job at the Buenos Aires Mercedes-Benz factory.
After serving time in prison, he started his own furniture removal company. As he got older, he became active in Nationalist Argentine politics.
Horst and Carmen had one daughter, Veronica. Now 39, she works for the well-known Argentine politician Ramon Puerta. She is currently applying for German nationality.
‘Veronica is proud of the Eichmann name,’ Carmen said. ‘She hasn’t changed it. She is happy with the family she has, though she doesn’t always tell people who she is.’
Horst had three children by his wife, Elvira Pummer, whom he married in 1962.
His son married a woman of Jewish heritage, something that created tension at the time.
Carmen started a relationship with Horst in the mid-70s after he left his wife, but they never married as Horst and Elvira were not divorced. Elvira, now 78 and disabled, lives in Buenos Aires.
Carmen said she only discovered the identity of Horst’s Nazi father when she was six months pregnant with their daughter.
‘It was a shock at first,’ she recalled. ‘But I didn’t blame Horst for not telling me. He was a very cautious person. When Veronica was born, we gave my maiden name to the hospital. We could never know who was around us.’
By contrast, Klaus, the oldest brother, was the most deeply committed Nazi of the four boys. He and an armed Nazi gang tried to claim Eichmann back after the kidnap.
According to newspaper reports from the time, Klaus called a press conference in Buenos Aries a few hours after Eichmann was condemned to death, railing against the ‘injustice’ of the sentence.
In 1961, while visiting the United States, Klaus was interviewed for Parade Magazine. He said: ‘All these things they are accusing my father of are pure propaganda…These war crimes are not true… I have heard that top Jews themselves ordered these executions because they believe Jews should be martyrs.’
According to declassified CIA documents, Klaus was deported from the United States after the interview was published.
Despite his Nazi views, in 1959 Klaus married Marta, a woman of African descent, and had two part-black children by her.
Klaus later abandoned his wife and moved to Konstanz, southern Germany, where he had three more children with another woman before his death three years ago.