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Eichmann Trial -- Sessions 6, 7, 8 and 9 -- Hausner's opening statement and the first witnesses, R. Bar-Shalom and A. Less

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.022 | Film ID: 2021

Sessions 6, 7, 8 and 9. The bulk of this tape is a compilation of points within the prosecution's speech. Attorney General Gideon Hausner's opening statement as he discusses concentration camps, specifically Majdanek: " one day, 18,000 Jews were shot." There is a blip at 00:06:54 and the story skips from examination of Majdanek to Auschwitz: "...this camp was established with the sure knowledge that it was to be a slaughter house." Hausner continues to describe conditions and methods of punishment at Auschwitz. There is another blip at 00:17:14, where the prosecution begins Section X: "A World That Has Vanished." Hausner discusses the intellectual, cultural, and social destruction of the Jewish people. Another blip follows this discussion at 00:34:38.

Hausner notes Eichmann's involvement in child deportations: "Within a period of about three weeks... 4,000 children were transported..." The blip at 00:39:55 skips the story to Hausner beginning Section VIII: "The Extermination of Hungarian Jewry." He describes the deportation of Hungarian Jewry to concentration camps. Hausner also notes the 'blood for goods' deal: "Jews were to be saved in return for trucks, coffee, tea, and soup."

After two blips, the prosecution calls its first witness, Rav-Pakad Bar-Shalom, an Officer in the Israeli Police. State Attorney Bach questions the witness who testifies he served in Bureau 06, a special task force established to conduct research for the Eichmann Trial, since June 1960. He discusses his duties, and details the process of sorting documentation. There is a blip at 00:47:35 and the second witness, Avner Less, is called to the stand. Avner Less is a Police Captain; Hausner questions Less on his duties within the Israeli Police. Less was appointed Eichmann's interrogator; Less explains the process of recording Eichmann's interrogation. Hausner requests the court adjourn before the prosecution presents the interrogation audiotapes. The Judges agree, and court is adjourned for the day. The tape ends as the courtroom clears.

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 12:44:35
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