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Eichmann Trial -- Sessions 73, 81, 85, and 86 -- Sassen; Hungary; liberation of Bergen-Belsen; Stalingrad

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.093 | Film ID: 2093

This tape contains parts of the following sessions: 73; 81; 85; 86.

Session 73. Dr. Servatius reads the Sassen memoirs. He reads a section citing the inability to define Eichmann's role with the camps. He says that there are no examples of Eichmann acting in the camps without Mueller as an intermediary. He concludes with a quote saying that there were no reports of Eichmann disobeying the orders to stop the deportations of Jews.

00:07:22 The Attorney General Hausner submits passages, including a few that were already submitted by the Defense. He reads about Eichmann's proposal to trade Jews for trucks, and says that Himmler did not give any opinion on these things. He says that Eichmann said they would not necessarily keep any promises concerning the Jews, and Himmler said that they would. He reads that Eichmann was a convinced National Socialist and an anti-Semite. He reads another quote that says Eichmann would only listen to orders interpreted by Mueller and not by Himmler.

00:17:03 Tape jumps. Dr. Servatius is asking Eichmann about negotiating with the Hungarian government concerning their Jews and a death march. Eichmann claims that originally only the Jews capable of working were to be relocated, and he cannot remember whether or not he had planned to deport another 50,000 Jews. Eichmann cites the documents that show that he worked to negotiate with the Hungarians and attempted to secure at least part of the Jews.

00:31:50 Session 85. Hausner questions Wilhelm Hoettl. He describes the liberation of Bergen-Belsen with Montgomery's army, and says he cannot describe in any brevity the people whom they came across. He says that they were only marginally different from the dead. The Jewish Brigade is discussed, and the reaction of the liberated inmates to them, the outpouring of thanks and joy.

00:42:14 Dr. Servatius asks Eichmann about accusations of heartlessly carrying out his orders.

00:42:21 Tape jumps. It seems Eichmann answers the question from before the tape jumped. He says that toughness was a side effect of the Gestapo, and a personal toughness would develop, and one could not be promoted without it.

00:45:42 Tape jumps. Dr. Servatius describes a document labeled with Eichmann's office. Eichmann is asked if he was responsible for speeding up the process of extermination. He says that he did not, and that after Stalingrad, many efforts by the Reich were taken to speed up deportations. He says that this was a propaganda move meant to divert public opinion from Stalingrad; it was a red herring.

00:56:12 Tape jumps and then ends before the topic can be discerned.

Film Title
Eichmann Trial
Event:  1961 June 12
Production:  1961 June 12-1961 July 05
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: 2022-07-28 22:00:44
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