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Eichmann Trial -- Session 100 -- Cross-examination of the Accused

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.168 | Film ID: 2168

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    Eichmann Trial -- Session 100 -- Cross-examination of the Accused


    Footage begins in the middle of the Session 100. Judge Landau warns the Attorney General that the matter concerning the liquidation of the ghettos is being dealt with a second time. Hausner continues with the cross examination of the accused. Eichmann is asked if he is familiar with "Operation Reinhardt" (00:01:42) and replies in the affirmative that he read that the operation involved the liquidation of Polish Jewry and the confiscation of their property. When asked if he was familiar with the operation in 1942 and 1943, Eichmann testifies that he did not concern himself with the matter because he was not responsible for it, not even for the scheduling of timetables. Hausner presents a document noting a meeting that took place in Berlin during which the expulsion of Jews from the General Government was discussed (00:03:52). Eichmann is also told that during his interrogation he said that it was possible that Franz Novak, one of his assistants, took part in the meeting (00:05:05) and is asked whether or not Novak did take part. The accused states that Novak took part in many meetings concerning timetables but that as far as he knows IVB4 never dealt with the General Government (00:08:43). Hausner continues to ask Eichmann whether or not Novak took part in the meeting. Another document is presented consisting of precise timetables for trains from various cities within the General Government and Eichmann is asked why, if he and his department were not involved, did Novak take part in such a meeting (00:11:27) or, if he did not take part, why did he refer to him at all. Eichmann states that during his interrogation he always tried to mention all possibilities. Hausner continues on this subject questioning the accused about who took part in a conference proposed by the Chief of the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA) following Reinhard Heydrich's death (00:16:49) and who could take part in meetings concerning timetable planning if not him since he was the expert (00:18:33).

    Judge Raveh asks Eichmann if transports from Romania were also discussed at the meeting held in Berlin referred to by the Attorney General (00:24:55). Eichmann testifies that he does not know and Judge Raveh proceeds to ask the accused several times whether Romanian transports fell within his department's jurisdiction. The accused states that he does not know if the timetables for Romania were drawn up by his department or by the Reich Transport Ministry and suggests that Novak be questioned.

    Hausner proceeds with the cross examination questioning Eichmann about Auschwitz. Eichmann is asked whether Auschwitz was outside the boarders of the General Government (00:35:47) and about the cooperation of two railroad administrations in order to carry out resettlement (00:36:06). Hausner notes that a political prisoner in Auschwitz named Rajewski who testified against Höss stated that all Jewish prisoners sent to Auschwitz came with papers signed by IVB4 (00:36:55). Eichmann states that this is impossible and untrue (00:38:26). Eichmann is further asked whether IVB4 was the authority which ordered transfers to Auschwitz (00:39:08) and replies that IVB4 did not have an office or branch office in the General Government. Hausner reads a portion of Rajewski's testimony for the accused (00:40:56). There is some confusion, brought to the Attorney General's attention by Judge Landau, regarding whether the document refers to only Aryan Poles or to Jews from the General Government (00:42:30 to 00:46:10). Hausner shows that the document does refer to Jews from the General Government. Eichmann is then asked how he can explain the fact that Rajewski precisely stated that Jews sent to Auschwitz were designated IVB4 (00:46:11). The accused states that he does not know since IVB4 did not have an office there and when asked about the designation of Poles from Zamosc sent to Auschwitz Eichmann is unable to explain why Rajewski states that they were also designated IVB4. Judge Landau calls for a recess (00:52:19) and all rise as the judges exit the courtroom (00:52:28). There are various shots of the prosecution and the audience.
    Film Title
    Eichmann Trial
    Event:  1961 July 18
    Production:  1961 July 18
    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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    00:00:40:00 to 00:53:26:00
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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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    Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 2438
    Source Archive Number: VTEI 220
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