Nazi criminal Eichmann was tracked down by Israeli secret agents in 1960, living under an assumed name in a suburb of Buenos Aires. He was secretly abducted to Israel, to be publicly tried in Jerusalem. The trial, which aroused enormous international interest and some controversy, took place between 2 April and 14 August 1961. On 2 December 1961 Eichmann was sentenced to death for crimes against the Jewish people and crimes against humanity. On 31 May 1962 he was executed in Ramleh prison. Malouf's poem was first published in 1962.