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Eichmann Trial -- Sessions 73 and 74 -- Sassen document legality and value; Bergen-Belsen liberation; savior of the Arabs

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.094 | Film ID: 2094

Sessions 73. Tape jumps often, but does not seem to lose any footage. Attorney General Hausner describes the Sassen memoirs, saying that he does not deny it, and thus it can be considered created by Eichmann. He says that the Defense says that the document is incomplete, but this does not affect the submission of the document, and it must be determined what value that missing portion has. He cites precedent, saying that the court must warn itself that this is not the entire document. The Judges discuss problems with the corrections to the document, the validity of the document, and other related issues. The Judges are concerned about the corrections and what they mean, how wrong was the statement and for what reasons. Hausner enumerates the corrections and says that the vast majority are typing mistakes.

00:14:26 Hausner describes the corrections, and says that they do not have any specific additional corrections. This dialogue covers the period of four months with the intent of publishing a book on Eichmann's role in the persecution of the Jews. He cites a correction that asks for a section not to be included in the book, and another that suggests that nothing should be published while he is alive. The details are included, and Hausner cites the dates of the large actions in the gas chamber.

00:18:40 Tape jumps. The Judges ask about the details of additions to the Sassen memoirs, and Hausner lists all of the additional materials included with the document. He works to convince the Judges that these corrections are acceptable and that the document must be submitted.

00:25:25 Tape jumps. Hausner says that this document was never intended for people to see, that it was a candid conversation not meant for distribution, and the President of Court says that it is a new argument and jokes that rebuttals are coming from both sides.

00:27:47 Hausner asks for clarification on an issue. He says that he has received hundreds of requests from witnesses against Eichmann, and the President of Court says that he receives just as many. He asks for approval to allow some of these people to quickly testify, especially among partisan fighters. Dr. Servatius asks the Judges to consider the rejection of these witnesses under the pretense of irrelevant evidence. He says that he too received many requests of witnesses and has forgone objections in the past. He asks the court to reject it.

00:34:16 Tape jumps. Hausner questions Wilhelm Hoettl (duplicate footage from Tape 2093). 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.

00:40:24 Session 74. The President of Court opens the 74th session and decides that the Sassen memoirs and the corrections are accepted. They reject Hausner's request to submit the additional documents with the Sassen papers. Hausner requests to delay the submissions so that he can better organize.

00:46:54 Avraham Hagag is brought in to testify. He is sworn in, and is asked to translate some documents from Arabic, his native tongue. He is reading a diary which mentions the name Eichmann. He shows these to the Judges, and everyone is allowed to approach the bench to further examine. Dr. Servatius is the only one who does. They analyze the handwriting, and say that Eichmann is described as, "A rare gem, a savior of the Arabs."

Film Title
Eichmann Trial
Event:  1961 June 12
Production:  1961 June 12
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 12:44:16
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