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

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.097 | Film ID: 2097

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


    The footage begins in the middle of Session 75 following a brief intermission, with a shot of Eichmann standing in the booth and Judge Moshe Landau sitting down. Landau asks the accused to rise and take off his headphones. He asks Eichmann whether he wishes to testify in his defense and if he wants to take the oath. The judge warns Eichmann that if he chooses to take the oath then the District Attorney will be entitled to question him. Eichmann opts to take the oath. It is decided that the accused will testify from the booth. Servatius makes some introductory remarks about how evidence will be presented for the defense (00:09:26).

    Footage cuts out briefly but continues with Servatius' speech and does not skip any of the proceedings. Eichmann stands (00:27:16) as Servatius begins his questioning. The defense asks the accused whether he voluntarily came to Israel. Eichmann replies that he did not, despite the fact that he signed a declaration to this effect. Eichmann speaks about why he joined the Nazi Party.

    Part of the proceedings is missing. The video resumes with Eichmann being questioned by Servatius about a document which recommends Eichmann for a promotion because he "secured huge properties for the German Reich." Eichmann responds that this must have been a mistake and that he had nothing to do with property seizure.

    The footage cuts out again and part of Eichmann's reply is missing. Eichmann explains the wording in the document that states that he carried out his work with a degree of severity/toughness.

    Servatius questions Eichmann about a document which described him as a "specialist," which Eichmann states referred to his experience in the field of emigration. This footage is also found on Tape 2096 (beginning at 00:06:16).

    Eichmann describes how he sought instruction in the Hebrew language. This section is duplicated on Tape 2099 (at 00:00:30).

    Eichmann gives a statement about his feelings towards Zionism. There are shots of people in the audience. This footage is duplicated on Tape 2099 (at 00:13:31).

    A large part of the proceedings is missing. The footage continues with Eichmann describing the chaos that ensued after Himmler was appointed Reich Commissioner, and Heydrich's establishment of a special taskforce for the coordination of deportations, for which Eichmann became the head. This footage is duplicated on Tape 2099 (at 00:27:56).
    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.

    Physical Details

    English German Hebrew
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    00:01:26:00 to 01:03:18:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2097 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2097 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2097 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2097 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2097 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2097 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2097 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2097 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

    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.

    *Tape damage to original master after 30 minutes.
    Copied From
    2" Quad
    Film Source
    Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 2328
    Source Archive Number: VTEI 316
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:46:27
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