Send Down the Master in Person

Reflections on Adolf Eichmann

Poetry - General
72 Pages
Reviewed on 10/27/2022
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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

Send Down the Master in Person: Reflections on Adolf Eichmann by A. Keith Carreiro begins with the author's exquisite poem about "The Greatest Generation" or World War II era soldiers, families, victims, and others living and dying in the shadow of the Holocaust and Adolf Eichmann. Told from the point of view of a fictional Mossad agent, this annotated poem rises to the level of important literature, accompanied by historical facts that follow it. Part art, part history, part fiction, but all a piece of work that gives a bow and a word of gratitude to everyone affected by this dark chapter in history.

Carreiro has a talent for blending history with poetry, which makes for an irresistible read. The author goes from sweeping generalized observations of the horror of the Nazis to fine details that make you feel that you are right at his side witnessing it all, and living it all. In a way, you feel that you are taking in a film, listening to the narrator explaining what is unfolding on the screen, or in this case, unfolding in the past. The words reach deep to pull out painful imagery, then take you to lofty heights that reflect both hope and tragedy. The poet seeks to take us into the mindset of war and those who perpetrated and endured agony and death.

The phrasing and word choice never let you forget you're reading a poem, but later, in the endnotes, you feel taken into almost documentary-style facts and images. It's amazing how the author brings history to the present with words and photos, which makes it easy for readers to compare past tragedy to modern-day pain and strife, and hopefully, learn from it. Send Down the Master in Person by A. Keith Carreiro would be perfect to have in a classroom, library, or individual collection. Don't miss this transformative work.

Rabia Tanveer

Send Down the Master in Person: Reflections on Adolf Eichmann by A. Keith Carreiro is a singular poem dedicated to the author’s parents and their generation. The poem is about Adolf Eichmann, most commonly known as one of the masterminds behind the Holocaust. The poem is a homage to the fighters and the survivors who saw the worst humanity had to offer and rose above it all. Depicting the capturing of Adolf Eichmann through the eyes of an agent, the poem reflects on the evils of the oppressor and the strength of the victims who survived. The author also shares pictures and information regarding Eichmann and who was the man behind the mask of evil.

Sincere and touching, the poem is equally part fascinating and awakening. Although I have read up on the Holocaust and the atrocities that happened to innocent people, I had no idea who Otto Adolf Eichmann was and the role he played in the misery of millions of people. The poem is simple in syntax, yet it is very revealing at the same time. I wasn’t expecting to receive almost graphic details, but somehow author A. Keith Carreiro offers everything without overwhelming readers. It is a heartwarming tribute to a generation of people who remained steadfast in the face of adversity and withstood even the vilest of conditions. The pictures and information at the end are very helpful for readers like me who have no idea who Eichmann was and why he is called one of the evilest men in history.

Philip Van Heusen

Count the seconds and keep counting until you reach 12,000,000. Counting the seconds to this figure will take you 138 days with no break. This will get you close to the number of Jews and other “enemies” of the state that the Nazis killed. Adolf Eichmann was one of the leaders of this unimaginable blood bath. The first part of Send Down the Master in Person: Reflections on Adolf Eichmann is a long poem about Eichmann and his deeds. A. Keith Carreiro spends the rest of the book explaining some of the terms used in the poem that may not be familiar to modern readers. Also included is information on Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency. This book will attract the interest of several groups, including history buffs who will enjoy the information and poetry lovers who will enjoy the poem. Everyone will feel the pain that was the Holocaust.

A. Keith Carreiro understands the historical period that included the Nazi control of much of Europe. Send Down the Master in Person deals with Adolf Eichmann and his inhumanity to all who were not pure Aryans. He was tasked with keeping the death trains running on time to Auschwitz and other death camps. Of interest is the fact that Adolf Eichmann had the same history teacher (Poetsch) that Adolf Hitler had. He worshipped false deities and became a modern Molech. Eichmann escaped prosecution at the Nuremberg Trials and was finally captured in Argentina by Mossad agents in 1960. As a member of the SS, he was one of the leaders overseeing Nazi war crimes. Eichmann was a firm believer in Hitler and National Socialism and he remained unrepentant, even in death. Read this fascinating book for a fresh look at the events and people surrounding that blight on German history known as Nazism.