He could see the hairs on the back of Adolf Eichmann's neck. Seated behind the architect of the Nazi genocide on a crowded bus rolling through Buenos Aires in 1960, Mossad special agent Zvi Aharoni thought of the family members who'd died at Eichmann's direction, and he thought of the justice still to be served. Thanks to Aharoni, a German-born Jew, the Nazi SS lieutenant colonel who arranged the transportation of European Jews to concentration camps before fleeing to Argentina in 1950 would be executed within two years. It's a fascinating tale, recounted in Randall Christopher's animated documentary, The Driver Is Red. Like many young people, the American filmmaker grew up ignorant of the Holocaust. But since learning of Eichmann's crimes, he feels so compelled to share the story that he's made his film available online for free, per the San Diego Downtown News.
"Adolf Hitler had galvanized the hatred of the whole nation," an actor reads from Aharoni's book in the 15-minute, award-winning documentary that's played at more than 100 film festivals since premiering in 2017. "These events sprang from a democratic society with values and culture not much different from what we have today in the West," Christopher tells the Atlantic. "But in voting for Hitler to do things like get rid of the communists and to bypass a dysfunctional Parliament, [Germans] also voted in favor of a situation where World War II and the Holocaust would be a possibility." Such a scenario was once thought unthinkable in the US. But a recent survey found 58% of Americans believe an event like the Holocaust could happen again. Indeed, Christopher sees it as a possibility if Congress "remains dysfunctional and unable to work together." (Read some of Eichmann's last words.)