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Eichmann Trial -- Sessions 21 and 22 -- Testimonies of H. Pachter, Y. Gurfein, N. Zabludowicz, L. Wells

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.033 | Film ID: 2032

Sessions 21 and 22. Court is not in session. Court officials interact; Adolf Eichmann enters his booth; Attorney General Gideon Hausner and Defense Attorney Dr. Robert Servatius converse; and Servatius exchanges information with Eichmann. The Judges enter the courtroom and there is a blip at 00:04.52. Witness Hirsch (Zvi) Pachter discusses Nazi treatment in Hrubieszow, a town near Chelm: "They took hold of a man... they hit [him] on the head with their rifle butts... They kept on asking each other: 'How many did you manage to kill by shooting...'"

Blip at 00:08:19. Witness Ya'Akov Gurfein describes Nazi treatment and Jewish morale in Poland 1943. Hausner asks about Gurfein's escape to Palestine. After a blip at 00:10:56, Judge Benjamin Halevi questions Gurfein about family separation in Belzec. A man in the audience cries out, "blood hound" at the Accused; the audience member is removed from the courtroom. Witness Noach Zabludowicz is on the stand, following a blip at 00:11:51. He details repeated beatings by the Nazis; he was kicked, hit, and subjected to electric shock torture. Blip at 00:16:53. Halevi questions Zabeudowicz about specific comments from his earlier testimony.

Blip at 00:21:12. The court interpreter reads a document about the Final Solution signed by Eichmann. Blip at 00:28:48. Hausner questions Leon Weliczker Wells; Wells discusses his experiences with the Nazis. He participated in a small group uprising but many were shot, and the rest returned to the Janowska concentration camps. The Nazis made Wells and his fellow Jews march; Wells knew he was walking to his death: "Everybody got a shovel and we started to dig our own grave... two walked down to the grave, had to lie down and were shot." Wells continues to recount his story.

Film Title
Eichmann Trial
Event:  1961 May 01
Production:  1961 May 01
Jerusalem, Israel
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archives of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:00:54
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