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Eichmann Trial -- Session 102 -- Cross-examination of the Accused: sterilization, Einsatzgruppen, Sassen

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.175 | Film ID: 2175

Session 102. Eichmann talks about his office's role in the taking of property of the displaced, and the scope of the duties of Section IVB4.

00:02:42 Eichmann is asked by Hausner about sterilization, he continuously cuts off Eichmann, insisting on yes or no answers. Eichmann is asked about a meeting called by Heydrich where he was included as an expert, and he claims that he had no real part of the meeting, which Hausner argues.

00:12:28 Hausner begins asking about Eichmann's contact with the Einsatzgruppen. Eichmann claims that the document pertaining to them was not created by his office, though he said that it was previously. The President of Court insists that he must be brief in his answers. The attendees of this meeting, along with the topics and the role of Eichmann are discussed.

00:23:50 The Einsatzgruppen's organizational details are mentioned, with Eichmann saying that those were not discussed there, and that he wanted to join that group, thinking that they would be special operations on the Eastern Front. He has some technical difficulties with the earphones. He says that nothing specific was discussed.

00:37:41 A series of documents not submitted to court are brought in for Eichmann to analyze concerning the Einsatzgruppen around the time of the declaration of war against the Soviet Union. The Judges go through the process of admitting these as evidence. He insists that these papers were not orders to destroy the Jewish people, but just reports on situations near the front.

00:48:00 The Attorney General switches gears, asking Eichmann to discuss a piece of the Sassen memoirs where there are numerous corrections by Eichmann. This is scrutinized thoroughly, with Eichmann saying that some things were mistakes by the typists, and others misunderstandings by Sassen. The difference between instructions and orders are discussed by Eichmann.

Film Title
Eichmann Trial
Event:  1961 July 19
Production:  1961 July 19
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 12:45:18
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