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Eichmann Trial -- Session 25 -- Testimony of Y. Zuckerman

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.036 | Film ID: 2035

Session 25. Witness Yitzhak Zuckerman discusses Jewish hope to immigrate to Palestine during 1940: "Some people managed to reach Palestine...Some were caught and returned... and were murdered on Polish soil." He also describes the efforts of the Jewish underground in Warsaw. Attorney General Gideon Hausner questions Zuckerman about his fake Aryan papers, as well as his impressions of Nazi-occupied Poland. Zuckerman replies: "Degredation, depression, helplessness..."

Court is out of session after a blip at 00:06:30; the audience enters, and the camera focuses on the Israeli Police Officers and media interpreters. The Judges enter and open the next session; Hausner questions Zuckerman about deportations and Nazi treatment of elderly people. He asks Zuckerman about the Jewish fighting force. Hausner submits exhibit T/254-Mueller's letter about the capture of 'three Jewish bandits' who organized resistance efforts. Zuckerman continues to describe resistance efforts in Poland-specifically in Warsaw. He details his activities as a resistance fighter and mentions collaborations with the Polish underground: "We obtained arms, we also killed Germans, we also took arms from them... And the last thing that we received-the faith that we knew how to fight."

Hausner submits exhibit T/255-a letter written by Mordechai Anielewicz, leader of the Jewish resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto. Zuckerman reads a portion of the letter: "Something occurred which is beyond our wildest dreams. Twice the Germans fled from the ghetto... I was privileged to see Jewish self defense in the ghetto in all its greatness and magnificence." Following a blip at 00:55:22, Zuckerman gives his assessment of the Jewish fighting resistance.

Film Title
Eichmann Trial
Event:  1961 May 03
Production:  1961 May 03
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 12:44:40
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