Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Eichmann Trial -- Sessions 6, 7 and 8 -- Eichmann pleads not guilty

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.010 | Film ID: 2009

Sessions 6, 7 and 8. The contents of the tape are not sequentially consistent with the official transcripts; rather the footage is arranged erratically starting in the middle of Session 6 with Attorney General Hausner's opening statement and ending in the beginning of Session 6 with Adolf Eichmann's plea hearing.

Begins during Attorney General Hausner's opening speech. He states: "There was only one man who had been concerned almost entirely with the Jews, whose business had been their destruction that was Adolf Eichmann." There is a blip at 00:22:45 to 00:23:15, and the recording backtracks to an earlier portion of Session 6.

Judge Landau asks Adolf Eichmann to be seated, and reads Decision 4, which dictates that Hausner's speech will be recorded by a stenographer. Hausner is then given permission to proceed with his opening statement; he begins his speech with references to the six million people unable to speak for themselves: "I will be their spokesman and in their name I will unfold the awesome indictment." There is another blip at 00:31:59 to 00:33:51 and the recording backtracks to an earlier portion of Session 6.

The courtroom is empty, and court officials are seen readying the courtroom. The Judges enter, and Judge Landau opens the sixth session of the trial. Judge Landau announces Decision 3, in which he addresses Dr. Servatius's two preliminary concerns. Regarding the validity and objectivity of the court, the Judges find: "While on the bench a judge does not cease to be flesh and blood, possessed of emotions and impulses. However, he is required by law to subdue these emotions and impulses when this case is brought before us, we are obliged to overcome emotions while sitting judgment" As to the jurisdiction issue, the Judges find: "We have come to the conclusion that Defense Counsel's objections should be dismissed. The source of our authority to deal with this case is to be found in the "Nazis and Nazi Collaborators (Punishment) Law 5710-1950." The Judges also dismiss the use of "Acts of State" as it contradicts the Court's jurisdiction. Furthermore, the circumstances of Eichmann's extradition are declared irrelevant as the Court has jurisdiction to try the case.

There is another blip at 00:50:44 and the recording backtracks approximately two minutes within Judge Landau's announcement. Lastly, the Judges declare it unnecessary to hear either Mr. Zvi Tohar or Mr. Jack Shimoni, two witnesses involved with Eichmann's capture, as the circumstances surrounding Eichmann's extradition were deemed irrelevant. At this point, there is a cut in editing at 00:52:11 and the tape switches to Judge Landau asking Adolf Eichmann how he pleads to the fourth through eighth counts of the indictment. For all counts, Eichmann states: "In the sense of the indictment, No." The tape ends as Eichmann answers the eighth count.

Film Title
Eichmann Trial
Event:  1961 April 17
Production:  1961 April 17
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 21:56:28
This page: