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Eichmann Trial -- Session 101 -- Cross-examination of the Accused: Lidice children & Sonderbehandlung

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.173 | Film ID: 2173

Session 101. Attorney General Hausner changes topics, asking about the Lidice children and a phone call associated with it. When Eichmann says that he cannot remember any such conversation, the Attorney General attacks him, saying that such a thing was not a normal occurrence and could not escape his memory. He says that when it concerns the children, he does not remember, though he remembers the assassination of Heydrich. Why Eichmann was contacted about any of this becomes the primary question, considering his claims that he was not competent to make any of these decisions. This becomes quite a heated discussion.

00:16:55 Eichmann insists that he cannot remember things, that he must rely on documents, and based solely on these documents, it is clear to him that these people could have worked around him, without his knowledge or influence. Hausner asks if they could talk without documents, just from his memory. He says that he had no control over any of this, and that all of this qualified as special treatment. He asks how Eichmann defines Sonderbehandlung [special treatment], which Eichmann previously described as meaning "killing", and here he says that killing is only one definition, which is alongside deportations, relocations, and taking prisoners to munitions factories to work, which all fell under different offices than his own.

00:27:14 Tape jumps. Hausner is asking Eichmann if Krumey knew that their office was in charge of the Germanization of qualified Poles. He struggles to answer. Tape ends as the Attorney General says he is switching topics.

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
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:45:17
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