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Eichmann Trial -- Sessions 6, 7 and 8 -- Hausner's opening statement

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.011 | Film ID: 2010

Sessions 6, 7 and 8. Begins during Attorney General Hausner's opening speech. He describes the terrible conditions inflicted upon the Jews in concentration camps. There is a blip at 00:04:42 and then Hausner continues his description by quoting eyewitness accounts of Nazi violence. There is another blip at 00:08:50 and the prosecutor refers to the extermination of Galician Jewry; he states, "The accused, as head of the Gestapo Department for Jewish Affairs, as Special Commissioner for the extermination of the Jews, bears direct responsibility as the initiator and implementer of this blood bath." Hausner continues to describe Eichmann's actions as a member of the Nazi regime.

He moves on to discuss Germany's annexation of Poland, and the establishment of the Warsaw Ghetto. There is a blip at 00:16:47. Hausner uses eyewitness accounts to illustrate the conditions in the Warsaw Ghetto. He talks about the youth movements, and the Polish underground; through collaboration with the Polish Underground, a group of Jews led by Mordechai Anielewicz and Yitzhak Zuckerman were able to temporarily resist the Germans in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Hausner quotes from the Einsatzgruppen records including testimony from the Commander of the Einsatzgruppen D, Otto Ohlendorf about the murder of 90,000 Jews. The prosecutor further describes the records as "blood-curdling and hair-raising documents." The tape ends as Hausner continues his discussion of mass killings by deportation in Latvia, Estonia, and Vilna.

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
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