I agree to a large extent with Guy Boertje’s response to this post.
Evil is not an absolute. It’s a continuum, but that said, who has the right to decide what is more evil and what is less evil? I don’t think that kind of comparison is the point here. The point is not comparing which person is trying to absolve themselves from a greater evil, the point is THAT they are trying to absolve themselves from blame by claiming that they were a mere puppet to a force that was controlling them.
In fact, I see Bresch as being more culpable than Eichmann. Eichmann, as did everybody at that time in that place, probably stood to lose his life and at the very least, face punishment in the form of torture, or having his family punished, if he dared to defy Hitler. Bresch did not face consequences even nearly as dire: she simply faced making a few million less a year.
The poor thing, how can people expect her to give up some of her large amount of personal wealth and some corporate profits for the welfare and lives of other human beings? Because it is more important for herself and the investors to make more money, than it is for some humans less fortunate, to be alive, or to have the life of their child, spouse or parent saved in an emergency situation, isn’t it?
The product in question, is an emergency procedure that saves lives of people who enter a state of anaphylactic shock. The latter is a severe and acute form of allergy that often results in death. Anybody can get this, from 90-year olds to little babies. Anything can cause this condition, depending on the circumstances and the person. Bee stings and insect bites can cause it. Food allergies can cause it. Both prescription and over the counter medications can cause it. Antibiotics can cause it. Contact with plants can cause it. You can get it, I can get it. Your neighbor’s baby can get it. That baby can get a life-saving shot of epinephrine in time to save its life. Or that baby could be dead within minutes or hours of contracting anaphylaxis because its parents could not afford a life-saving shot of epinephrine in time to save its life.
Now, imagine a bee or wasp had stung yourself or myself as a child and either of us had entered a state of fatal anaphylaxis as a result, and our parents could not afford the emergency treatment. One of us would not be here, posting on Medium.
Granted, the scale of human suffering and the loss of life involved when it comes to the Eichmann/Bresch comparison might be vastly different. But some of the issues are indeed similar. Bottom line is that the value of human lives and the ethics of how human beings deal with the lives of others, are the most important issues at stake.