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

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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

    Overview

    Description
    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: "...in 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
    Duration
    01:01:56
    Date
    Event:  1961 April 18
    Production:  1961 April 18
    Locale
    Jerusalem, Israel
    Credit
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archives of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Contributor
    Director: Leo Hurwitz
    Producer: Capital Cities Broadcasting Corporation

    Physical Details

    Language
    English German Hebrew
    Genre/Form
    Unedited.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Mixed
    Time Code
    00:00:33:00 to 01:02:29:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2021 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2021 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2021 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2021 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2021 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2021 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2021 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2021 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    Public Domain
    Conditions on Use
    To the best of the Museum's knowledge, this material is in the public domain. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this material.

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    Capital Cities Broadcasting Corporation recorded the proceedings of the Adolf Eichmann trial in 1961. The original recording was made on two-inch format videotape. One set of videotapes contained selected portions of the trial for distribution to television stations. The "selected portions" version remained in Israel and was later turned over to the Israel State Archives. Capital Cities Broadcasting retained the set of videotapes containing the complete trial proceedings at offices in New York City until 1965, when they gave the videotapes to the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. The Anti-Defamation League, in turn, gave the complete set to the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1972. With a grant from the Revson Foundation, Hebrew University transferred the two-inch videotapes to U-Matic format. During the transfer process, Hebrew University created three duplicate sets. One set was given to the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive, one to the Israel State Archives, and one set to the Jewish Museum in New York City. In 1995, the Israel State Archives transferred the trial footage to digital videoformat with a grant from the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. Three subsequent digital videotape copies resulted from this transfer of footage. The Israel State Archives retained one digital copy and a second set was deposited at the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the third set of digital videotapes in May 1999.
    Note
    See official transcripts, published in "The Trial of Adolf Eichmann", Vol. I-V, State of Israel, Ministry of Justice, Jerusalem, 1994, pp. 100, 109-110, 112-114, 117, and 128-130. Also available online at the Nizkor Project.

    *Low response frequency on master.

    There are approximately 13 blips throughout the course of Film ID 2021:
    00:02.01
    00:06.54 to 00:06.58
    00:09.33 to 00:09.37
    00:13.50
    00:16.01 to 00:16.03
    00:17.14 to 00:17.19
    00:23.04 to 00:23.09
    00:26.53 to 00:26.51
    00:34.38 to 00:34.47
    00:39.55 to 00:39.58
    00:43.24 to 00:43.27
    00:44.32 to 00:44.36
    00:47.35 to 00:47.38
    Copied From
    2" Quad
    Film Source
    Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 1750
    Source Archive Number: VTEI 277
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:46:45
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