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 told him to hire the Frenchman René Emile Belloq.
Behind the scenesEdit
In Colonel Herman Dietrich's entry at the now defunct IndianaJones.com, Eidel is never mentioned as the one who gives Dietrich the task of hire Belloq to find the Ark of the Covenant. Instead, it is mentioned that Dietrich was hiring Belloq to search the Ark under the orders of the Schutzstaffel.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark novel (First appearance)