50 Years Ago Today Adolf Eichmann, Mastermind Of The Holocaust, Was Sentenced To Death By An Israeli Court.
The ultimate paradox of the trial of Adolf Eichmann—once chief of the Gestapo’s bureau of “Jewish affairs”—is that no punishment can fit his crime. No mere words can suggest the horrors he committed as an agent of the Third Reich; no mass of personal details seems adequate to explain the enormous wound he inflicted on civilization in the name of Hitler Germany. What Eichmann and the Nazis did to 6 million Jews—as well as to untold members of other human beings—was in the truest sense of the word unthinkable. Yet the unthinkable happened. And beginning this Tuesday morning and continuing for months to come, the world will be forced to relive the obscene tragedy of the Nazi era as it comes to a focus in the figure of one man.
Newsweek April 17, 1961
Scientists have developed an Ebola vaccine, tested on mice, with the hopes of protecting humans. Our 1995 cover story broke down the danger of Ebola and other viruses.
If the word doesn’t make your hair stand on end, it should. Discovered just 19 years ago, when similar outbreaks killed more than 400 people in Zaire and neighboring Sudan, the Ebola virus remains a gruesome mystery. No one knows where the virus resides in nature, how human epidemics get started or why they’re so rare. We know only that the virus can spread from person to person through body secretions, and that 50 to 90 percent of the victims die in a matter of days. The first flu-like symptoms typically appear within three days of infection. Then, as the virus starts replicating in earnest, the victim’s capillaries clog with dead blood cells, causing the skin to bruise, blister and eventually dissolve like wet paper. By the sixth day, blood flows freely from the eyes, ears and nose, and the sufferer starts vomiting the black sludge of his disintegrating internal tissues. Death usually follows by day nine.
Newsweek May 22, 1995
Before Lehman Brothers, MF Global, or WorldCom, there was Enron. Ten years ago today Enron filed for Chapter 11, the largest corporate bankruptcy at the time. Here’s an excerpt from our 2002 article ‘Who Killed Enron?”
Why did all these people look the other way for so long? Money talks. Or, with Enron, shouts. The company put lots of money in pockets of the people and institutions that were supposed to police it. Enron’s incessant deal-making generated huge fees for Wall Street investment banking houses. And guess what? Wall Street loved Enron, with most analysts rating its stock and bonds as the greatest thing since money was invented, at least until they finally heard Enron’s death rattle.
Newsweek January 21, 2002