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Eichmann Trial -- Sessions 75 and 76 -- Eichmann's testimony

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.099 | Film ID: 2099

The video begins in the middle of Session 75, with defense attorney Dr. Robert Servatius presenting documents and questioning Eichmann about his attempts to learn Hebrew. This is duplicate footage also found on Tape 2097 (at 00:47:17). There are shots of the prosecutors listening to Eichmann's testimony and of people in the audience. Another document is presented and Eichmann testifies as to why he perceived the representatives of the World Service (an anti-Semitic news service) at a 1937 congress as "dubious" (00:07:49). Eichmann then talks about his opinions about Zionism (00:13:31). This is duplicate footage also found on Tape 2097 (at 00:52:55).

The footage resumes with Eichmann talking about the role of Hinckel, the Reich cultural administrator in the Reich Ministry of Propaganda, in the promotion of Jewish emigration. This is duplicate footage also found on Tape 2096 (at 00:35:24) and Tape 2098 (at 00:07:27). Servatius presents another document about Eichmann's choice of Madagascar as an emigration option (00:16:45). This is duplicate footage also found on Tape 2096 (at 00:36:48)

As Servatius begins to present another document, the footage cuts out (00:21:21) and resumes with Servatius questioning Eichmann about documents addressed to "Obersturmbannführer Eichmann." He questions Eichmann on the significance of this terminology. Eichmann describes 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 (00:27:56). Eichmann testifes about the establishment of Department IVB4 of which he was the head. He describes it as a special division that was incorporated into a larger hierarchy and dissolved once its assignment had been completed. This is duplicate footage also found on Tape 2097 (at 00:54:54) and the later section on IVB4 is duplicated on Tape 2098 (at 00:14:57), although the section on Himmler and Heydrich is not included.

Part of the proceedings is missing and the footage continues with Eichmann describing the role of his superior, Müller as department chief. This is duplicate footage also found on Tape 2098 (at 00:32:41). Presiding Judge Landau calls for the end of the session (00:37:19) and all rise as the judges stand (00:37:53). Eichmann removes his headphones. Cut to the next session.

Session 76: Eichmann explains his role in the resettlement operation of the Jewish population, stating that his duties dealt only with the creation of timetables and direct negotiations with the Reich Ministry.

Eichmann discusses his role in the deportations and resettlement operations. Eichmann rejects the idea that he was closely involved with the deportations in matters other than timetables and scheduling. This is duplicate footage also found on Tape 2100 (at 00:14:52). Some of Eichmann's testimony is repeated but continues with the presentation of documents and testimony about his role in the deportations/resettlement operations. This is duplicate footage also found on Tape 2100 (at 00:17:37 to 00:34:37).

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
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:56:24
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