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Eichmann Trial -- Session 75 -- Eichmann's testimony

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.096 | Film ID: 2096

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    Eichmann Trial -- Session 75 -- Eichmann's testimony


    The footage begins in the middle of Session 75 with the defense's submission of documents. The first document concerns Eichmann's dismissal from the Austrian Vacuum Oil Company. The defense attempts to show that he was released not because of his membership in the NSDAP but because of his marital status. Eichmann is questioned by defense attorney Dr. Robert Servatius about another document recognizing him as a "specialist." Eichmann states that this designation referred to his experience in the field of emigration (00:06:16).

    The footage cuts out from 00:06:46 to 00:06:57 then resumes with a repetition of the question posed by Servatius and the beginning of Eichmann's answer. Servatius presents more documents and the footage cuts out again, skipping a small part of the proceedings.

    Servatius questions Eichmann about a document describing a trip Eichmann took to Palestine with Oberscharfuehrer Hagen, which Eichmann insists was drafted by Hagen and not himself. Herbert Hagen was a colleague of Eichmann's within the Gestapo's Department of Jewish Affairs. There is some confusion with the next document, as to whether the words were quoted from British Ambassador Kennedy or German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop. The defense moves on to another document which dealt with the "Madagascar Plan" and the bureaucratic problems in the implementation of mass emigration (00:20:03) part of which is duplicated on Tape 2098 (at 00:00:51). Eichmann explains the role of Hinckel, the Reich cultural administrator in the Reich Ministry of Propaganda, in the promotion of Jewish emigration (00:35:24). This segment is also duplicated on Tape 2098 (at 00:07:27) and Tape 2099 (at 00:16:34). Servatius presents another document illustrating why Eichmann had indicated Madagascar as an emigration option (00:36:48). This is also duplicate footage found on Tape 2099 (at 00:16:45). The footage ends with the presentation by the defense of a document expressing a "willingness to accommodate" the emigration of Jews by the British and suggests that the reason it did not happen was due to Ribbentrop's negative attitude towards emigration. Servatius reads from the document in English (00:45:09). This section is duplicated on Tape 2098 (at 00:09:09).

    The following documents are marked and submitted to the court as evidence during this session: T37 (217): Dr. Alfred Six recommends Eichmann for promotion; T37 (106): Eichmann's career membership in the NSDAP, his promotion as an expert in emigration, table of his assignments; T37 (301) and (107): determination of wheterh Eichmann is qualified to head a department.
    Film Title
    Eichmann Trial
    Event:  1961 June 20
    Production:  1961 June 20
    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.

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    English German Hebrew
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    00:00:47:00 to 00:49:20:00
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    • Master
    • Master 2096 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2096 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2096 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2096 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
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    • Preservation 2096 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2096 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2096 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2096 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

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    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.
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    Film Source
    Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 2327
    Source Archive Number: VTEI 179
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:46:26
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