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Eichmann Trial -- Session 102 -- Cross-examination of the Accused re: Sassen Document

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.177 | Film ID: 2177

Session 102. Eichmann reads a document of the Sassen memoirs. The tape resumes just a few minutes prior to the end of Tape 2176. Eichmann reads his answer to Sassen concerning his role in the concentration camps, saying that the Gestapo was in charge of all of it. He explains, using as many hypothetical terms as possible, what would happen with the camp, especially with insubordination and problems with the Jews. He also describes the transfer of control from the Archives department to the Gestapo. When asked if these were the words of Eichmann, he says he cannot remember, but it was partially correct.

00:13:14 After mentioning some reservations, Eichmann reads another heavily corrected section of the Sassen memoirs. Eichmann's quote describes the various offices relevant to the camp system and the qualifications involved in the deportations. This includes the revocation of citizenship and the revocation of property. He says that the document is all distorted, with small changes altering the entire meaning.

00:23:25 Hausner asks Eichmann to read a document that he gave to the men in his office that has many corrections. Eichmann says that there are corrections here in handwriting other than his own, and he is assured that he will not be held responsible for those. He is describing Guenter, who he says was a very hard man, unlike the rest of the office. He describes some of his subordinates who always questioned him and his orders, and that it drove him insane. When asked about this quote, Eichmann says that this does not make sense because Guenter would not have accepted such questioning, that it must be a mistake by the typist. When asked about Eichmann's comments about Guenter being able to verify his claims, which would mean he assumed he was alive, counter to what Eichmann said earlier. He also says that he does not know what happened to Mueller, either. He says that he only had assumptions to work on concerning these people.

00:40:21 The last quotation is read by Eichmann. It concerns his closest cohorts at Eichmann's office, and he says that he did say such things. Hausner says he will finish his questioning in the following session. The court adjourns.

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: 2022-07-28 21:56:31
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