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.
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Anthology comprises four individually titled selections: David Malouf, 'Interiors' (Poems 1-11); Don Maynard, 'A Few Mad Saints' (Poems 12-26); Judith Green, 'A Question of Ignorance' (Poems 27-39); Rodney Hall, 'Statues & Lovers' (Poems 40-55).
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This 'anthology of Australian poetry of the 1960s, was edited, with an introduction, by Rodney Hall and Thomas W. Shapcott. The keynote of these ‘new impulses’ was ‘a suspicion of idealism, and an inbred awareness of the consequences of totalitarian beliefs’. Authoritarianism in religion and politics was eschewed, as was the concept of national and international aggression. Major established poets such as Kenneth Slessor, Judith Wright and A. D. Hope are not represented because the editors felt that their poetry of the decade added little to their already defined stances. Their contemporaries, however, Gwen Harwood and Francis Webb, are given considerable space because they are important influences on younger poets.' (Source : The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, online edition)