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Eidel was an officer in the SS-Leibstandarte and a member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle.


Eidel was a small, thin man who was more of an office worker than a soldier, but who enjoyed flaunting his authority over others. As a result, Colonel Herman Dietrich disliked him as well as the other SS members who he perceived as being black-uniformed thugs who thought they ran the world. It was Eidel who assigned Dietrich the all-important task of recovering the Ark of the Covenant in 1936, and also directed him to hire the French mercenary archaeologist René Emile Belloq.[1]

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Eidel only appears in the novelization of Raiders of the Lost Ark by Campbell Black.



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