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

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.018 | Film ID: 2017

Sessions 6, 7 and 8. Footage of an empty courtroom. It is before session 8; the camera focuses on the audience members as they take their seats. Attorney General Gideon Hausner sits at his desk readying himself for the next session. The Judges enter the courtroom and open the trial.

Hausner continues his opening statement with Section 7 - "The Extermination in Northern, Western, and Southern Europe." He details the anti-Jewish campaign in Western Europe, instigated by Eichmann's department: "...anti-Jewish legislation, depriving the Jews of human and civil rights; identification of Jews by compelling them to wear the badge of shame; theft of Jewish property; and finally-deportation of the Jews for extermination." Hausner discusses European acts of defiance such as Dutch citizens wearing yellow Stars of David to show support and solidarity for the Jews. The prosecution notes the Nazi confusion of Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities in Holland; were the Spanish and Portuguese real Jews? Eichmann's department deemed them full Jews, and therefore "subject to extermination with the rest of their brethren."

Specifics are provided about the extermination campaign in Norway, Denmark, Belgium, and France. Hausner states: "Of the 800 Norwegian Jews deported, 21 survived." Hausner claims the prosecution will prove Eichmann's direct responsibility for the extermination of thousands of Belgium Jews. The tape skips at 00:54:18 when the prosecution continues with a description of deportations in Yugoslavia, Croatia, and Slovakia.

Film Title
Eichmann Trial
Event:  1961 April 18
Production:  1961 April 18
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: 2021-06-03 12:44:34
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