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Eichmann Trial -- Session 92 -- Cross-examination of the Accused about his position as a specialist

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.136 | Film ID: 2136

The footage begins late in Session 92. Attorney General Gideon Hausner cross-examines Eichmann, who states that he was not in charge of the entire Final Solution. He states that he was assigned the task of writing invitations to the Wannsee Conference. Hausner asks the accused if he was in fact Reinhard Heydrich's specialist in charge of Jewish affairs (00:04:37). Eichmann maintains that he was not Heydrich's special officer for the Final Solution, but rather an officer on Jewish affairs under Heinrich Müller. There is a disturbance in the courtroom and Judge Landau calls for order (00:11:41). When cross-examination continues Hausner asks Eichmann if, during Ernst Kaltenbrunner's tenure as chief, Eichmann held the position of expert to the chief of the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA). The accused states that he was one of many experts. When asked by Hausner to name another person who dealt with the Final Solution, Eichmann attempts to avoid the question by stating that he dealt with transportation (00:14:55). Footage from 00:00:22 to 00:15:29 is duplicate footage also found on Tape 2133 (beginning at 00:39:44 to 00:59:10) but Tape 2133 is less complete.

Hausner's question concerning who else dealt with the Final Solution and Eichmann's answer is repeated. None of the proceeding is missing. The Attorney General accuses Eichmann of being the only expert in Jewish affairs within the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA) (00:16:33). Eichmann states that other departments also dealt with Jewish affairs, in particular Department VII (00:21:48) and a lawyer named Neifeind. Eichmann says that Neifeind frequently attended meetings on Jewish affairs. The English translation of his statement is cut off.

Eichmann's statement about Neifeind's presence at meetings on Jewish affairs is repeated in full, including the English translation. There are various shots of the lawyers' desks and the prosecution listening to Eichmann's testimony. Hausner smiles as he confers with Assistant State Attorney Bach.

Eichmann's statement about Neifeind's presence at meetings on Jewish affairs is repeated once more. Judge Halevi asks the accused to explain the term "federfuehrend," which Eichmann explains was used when a section head was given the exclusive authority to oversee a particular subject. As an example, he states that he was "federfuehrend" on timetables and transportation matters (00:33:48). Judge Landau adjourns the session. All rise as the judges exit (00:38:00). Eichmann exits the booth.

Film Title
Eichmann Trial
Event:  1961 July 11
Production:  1961 July 11
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 21:56:21
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