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Eichmann Trial -- Sessions 6, 7 and 8

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.020 | Film ID: 2019

Sessions 6, 7 and 8. The Court is in recess. The camera focuses on the glass booth, and pans to Defense Attorney Dr. Robert Servatius as he walks to his desk. The Judges enter the courtroom and open the session. Attorney General Gideon Hausner continues his opening statement with Section IX - "The Camps." He asserts: " late as the beginning of 1945, on the threshold of the end of the war, Eichmann was still planning to wipe out all the Jews still alive at Theresienstadt in gas installations to be erected there..."

Hausner describes the conditions in several concentration camps: Majdanek, Treblinka, Chelmno, and Sobibor. At Majdanek, "the death rate in the camp was frightful-some 180 people a day." There is a skip at 00:34:36 to Hausner discussing the conditions at Auschwitz including hard labor and mass gassing. The story skips again at 00:36:22. Hausner ends Section IX with a poem written by a woman who died in the camps. The prosecution begins Section X - "A World Has Vanished," which examines the repercussions of Nazi actions against the Jews: "From the point of view of Europe, a national community was exterminated which had resided there from the second century BCE..."The tape ends as Hausner further describes the losses resulting from the Holocaust.

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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