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Eichmann Trial -- Session 70 -- Screening of films

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.083 | Film ID: 2083

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    Eichmann Trial -- Session 70 -- Screening of films


    Session 70. Cuts between the film footage entered as evidence and shots of Eichmann in the courtroom watching the footage. 00:01:06 The scene opens on the courtroom, there is no sound. 00:02:58 Eichmann is brought in. 00:06:09 Film footage is shown of people walking through a camp covered in snow (Auschwitz). Cut to Eichmann then back to footage of a crowd walking through the camp; inmates looking through barbed wire; another shot of the camp covered in snow. Eichmann in courtroom. Film: building with scaffolding around it, snow, train, industrial town. 00:07:17 Aerial shot pans across snow covered camp. Blue prints of Auschwitz. 00:07:38 Eichmann in courtroom. Blue prints of gas chambers. Camp. Many people lying in wooden bunk-beds. Shot of Auschwitz entrance -"Arbeit Macht Frei". People in wooden beds (repeated shot). Eichmann. Woman with rug around her. 00:09:50 Shots of photo album. 00:10:14 Footage of inmates through barbed wire fence, close-ups. Man speaking to camera, dead bodies, child and woman stood facing the camera. People walking past the camera, being carried. Eichmann. 00:11:49 People being asked questions, reading a piece of paper. 00:12:55 Person on stretcher. Horses and carts going past. 00:13:13 Cut back to courtroom, Eichmann. Return to film footage of men carrying the ill. Children walking past with nuns. 00:14:43 Children showing their tattooed numbers. 00:15:18 Dead body. People digging, skeletons. Gas chambers and Zyklon B. 00:16:03 Bodies lined up. 00:16:11 Footage of a group of men sitting around a table talking. Mass graves, soldiers approaching it, gallows with inmates explaining how it was used. 00:17:42 Bags of human hair. Piles of human hair, human teeth and pliers, spectacles, clothes, children's clothes are held up by Russian soldiers, shoes, toothbrushes, suitcases. 00:20:40 Mass graves, people crying, procession with brass band, nuns, coffins carried. Many coffins lined up and buried. 00:22:32 Man being inspected by a doctor; sick children being inspected. 00:23:29 Cuts out.
    Film Title
    Eichmann Trial
    Event:  1961 June 08
    Production:  1961 June 08
    Jerusalem, Israel
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archives of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Director: Leo Hurwitz
    Producer: Milton Fruchtman
    Camera Operator: Rolf M. Kneller
    Camera Operator: F. Csaznik
    Camera Operator: J. Jonilowicz
    Camera Operator: J. Kalach
    Camera Operator: Emil Knebel
    Producer: Capital Cities Broadcasting Corporation
    Emil Knebel was a cinematographer known for Andante (2010), Adam (1973), and Wild Is My Love (1963). He was one of the cameramen who recorded daily coverage of the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem (produced by Capital Cities Broadcasting Corp and later held academic positions in Israel and New York teaching filmmaking at universities. Refer to CV in file.

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    00:01:05:00 to 00:23:29:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2083 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2083 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2083 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2083 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2083 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2083 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2083 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2083 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    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.
    See official transcripts, published in "The Trial of Adolf Eichmann", Vol. I-V, State of Israel, Ministry of Justice, Jerusalem, 1994. Also available online at the Nizkor Project.

    *Blurred for a few minutes at 00:22:32, some drop out is evident in the picture.
    Copied From
    2" Quad
    Film Source
    Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 2293
    Source Archive Number: VTEI 129
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:45:31
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