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Eichmann Trial -- Session 1 -- Answer to indictment reading of 15 counts

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.003 | Film ID: 2002

Session 1. The end of Film ID 2001 is repeated here with Defense Attorney Dr. Robert Servatius requesting permission to voice two objections to the court before his client enters a plea. Judge Moshe Landau agrees, and Servatius asks for a change of venue and/or a case dismissal on the basis that the panel of Judges lack sufficient objectivity. Secondly, the defense suggests that the court is incompetent because it ignored international law by allowing and justifying the seizure of Adolf Eichmann. Furthermore, Servatius accuses the court of proceeding with trial despite Israel's lack of political sovereignty (i.e. Nazi crimes were committed in European states, not in Israel). There is a blip in the film at 00:03:06 and again at 00:24:00 where the story skips from Dr. Servatius expressing his concerns of the courts' level of objectivity to the end of the Defense's opening statement, in which Servatius discusses the importance of Witness #2 (Jack Shimoni), a participant in the Eichmann kidnapping. The tape ends as Attorney General, Gideon Hausner, begins his brief by countering the accusations of the Defense.

Film Title
Eichmann Trial
Event Date
1961 April 11
Jerusalem, Israel
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archives of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Record last modified: 2018-11-27 10:57:24
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