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Eichmann Trial -- Session 85 -- Written testimonies from von Thadden, Juettner, and Grell are presented to the court

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.114 | Film ID: 2114

Session 85. An affidavit is read, describing Mueller acting without Eichmann's knowledge. It says that he was cautious to the point of exaggeration, and could often be called fearful.

00:06:53 They move on to Eberhard von Thadden's testimony. Dr. Servatius selects the passages he wants to use so that the interpreter can read them afterwards. Von Thadden describes himself, and then begins describing his time with the SS and his duties with respect to Eichmann's office. He also describes Eichmann's rank within his office.

00:25:11 The affidavit says that he cannot point to a single case where he could clearly state that Eichmann worked on his own in making a decision, but he could draw conclusions on whether or not he decided on his own or by orders. He says that everything that went through his office was signed by Eichmann or one of his subordinates. The Bondi children are mentioned, and how they wanted to be moved to Sweden, which was first refused by Eichmann's department.

00:32:15 The President of Court halts the session for a 20 minute break, and asks Attorney General Hausner to shorten the proceedings by having only outstanding sections be read into the record, with everything else only cited.

00:34:10 Tape resumes on an empty courtroom. People slowly enter and mill about. 00:40:59 Judges enter. Hausner states that he skipped numerous passages in this testimony and the next, and his people are working on further testimonies. The affidavit says that he could not tell what decisions were made by Eichmann personally. He says that Eichmann called him "weak in the knees" and he considered Eichmann "cruel".

00:44:30 Visits by the affident to the Sonderkommando are discussed. This is followed by a claim that Eichmann was directly responsible for a march on foot.

00:52:22 The affidavit of Hans Juettner is read into the record for the Prosecution. He says that he met long lines of Jews moving towards Vienna during a trip with Becher. They were to meet Eichmann. He said that he was told that Eichmann was in charge of all of this, he was to deal with the Jewish problem.

00:56:38 Theodore Horst Grell's testimony is begun. Dr. Servatius submits several passages. A section claiming that the concentration and seizure of Jews in Hungary was ordered by the Hungarian government. He says that Eichmann did not sabotage, but did not welcome, protective measures against the Jews.

Film Title
Eichmann Trial
Event:  1961 July 04
Production:  1961 July 04
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 12:44:23
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