On Tuesday, the Post explained Ward Churchill’s use of the term “little Eichmanns” as a “reference to Nazi figure Adolf Eichmann, who some historians have speculated wasn’t anti-Semitic but was an ambitious foot soldier for an evil cause.”But that isn't true, of course:
On Wednesday, the paper defined “little Eichmanns” as “mindless bureaucrats in a larger campaign like World War II war criminal Adolf Eichmann, who helped manage the logistics of the Nazis’ mass exterminations.”
And on Thursday, yet another article dubbed Eichmann “a World War II Nazi technocrat.”
Far from being a foot soldier, Eichmann was chief of the Gestapo’s Jewish office in charge of implementing the annihilation of an entire people. He was one of the few privileged Nazi insiders asked to attend the Wannsee Conference in 1942, which formalized the extermination policy and where he functioned as confidante to the vicious Reinhard Heydrich, who chaired the proceedings.Why id dat important, Vinnie?
So that we remain faithful to history, of course. But also so that we understand the meaning of “little Eichmanns.” If someone calls you that, he’s not equating you to a mindless foot soldier in an ugly cause. He’s comparing you to an architect of genocide.You, maybe, but not the janitors in the towers. So shut up.
Update: I guess Carroll was being polite in not naming the reporter who wrote those stories, but I checked: good ol' Allison Sherry, who also characterized Teeny Trot Tom Mayer and School of Education powerhouse Margaret LeCompte as constituting "many" professors who were "crushed" by Churchill's firing.
She's a chutch-symp.