Ich bin Adolf Eichmann
Playwright and director Jari Juutinen does not shy away from difficult subjects. Here, he brings forward the human behind a war criminal. The protagonist of the play, Adolf Eichmann, is today considered one of Nazi Germany's most heartless bureaucrats because of his involvement in orchestrating the Jewish Holocaust. Yet, Juutinen is more interested in humanising than demonising Eichmann. The play asks a number of important questions about our understanding of ourselves, and looks at guilt, responsibility and forgiveness through a delicate balance of outrageous comedy and deep, sober tragedy. In Juutinen's view, today's pleasure-seeking, self-centred westerners actually have very little right to judge Eichmann. "We fly to Thailand for our holidays, even if we know air traffic's impact on global ecology. We buy products that we know were manufactured by children in conditions resembling concentration camps. I wonder if we actually have it in us to cast the first stone?" asks Juutinen.
The Finnish original premiered at Teatteri Vanha Juko in 2006.