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Eichmann Trial -- Session 103 -- Cross-examination of the Accused

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.180 | Film ID: 2180

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    Eichmann Trial -- Session 103 -- Cross-examination of the Accused


    This tape begins in the middle of Session 103 and the first few minutes are a duplication of the last part of the footage on Tape 2179 in which Eichmann gives a lengthy description of his duties in Hungary, followed by questions and explanations as to how often he met with Lazi Endre, the chief of the Hungarian gendarmerie. Endre is identified as the organizer of the deportations from the Hungarian side.

    Attorney General Gideon Hausner questions Eichmann about a meeting on 25 May 1944 with Baky (whom Eichmann describes as a Hungarian secretary of state) and the discussion and organization of the concentration and deportation of Hungary's Jews at this meeting (00:06:00). Hausner asks who Eichmann's representatives were in various districts throughout Hungary. He cites two men in particular, Zoeldi and Abromeit, whom Hausner asserts were under Eichmann's direct command. The questioning then turns to Eichmann's visits to camps and ghettos (00:14:47). Eichmann denies having visited either, stating that he was on a "bear hunt" in the Carpathians, to which Hausner replies, "I think it was quite a different kind of a hunt," a reference to Eichmann's hunt for Hungarian Jewry. Hausner then questions the accused about the transfer of prisoners from a man named Ferenczy to Eichmann (00:18:25) and about von Thadden's presence in Hungary, his purpose there, and Eichmann's supervision of him.

    Eichmann is questioned about the men with whom he worked, including Wisliceny, Hunsche and Abromeit. Eichmann suggests that these men had previous experience with anti-Jewish legislation and anti-Jewish measures (00:28:33). Hausner then directs his questions to the Gisi Fleischman case. An order was given to deport her from Slovakia to Auschwitz and Eichmann was asked to cancel the deportation. Hausner asserts that Eichmann pretended to do so but in fact deported her immediately. Eichmann is questioned about the promotion of Guenther to the head of IVB4 in charge of Jewish Affairs, which had been Eichmann's job (00:40:32) and about his feelings towards Becher's involvement with Jewish emigration.

    The remainder of the footage (beginning at 00:50:21) involves the "Blood for Goods" transaction, which was the attempt by members of the Hungarian Jewish Relief and Rescue Committee to negotiate with the SS (particularly Eichmann and Becher) for the exchange of one million Jews for trucks and other materials. Eichmann testifies that the transaction was his idea not Becher's and reads from a very long section of testimony he gave when interrogated by Wilhelm Sassen (00:54:30). Not all of Eichmann's reading of the Sassen document is translated into English. This segment of Session 103 is cut off in the middle of the session and the end portion is missing.
    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
    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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    English German Hebrew
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    Time Code
    00:00:30:00 to 01:05:18:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2180 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2180 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2180 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2180 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2180 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2180 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2180 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2180 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

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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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    Film Source
    Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 2455
    Source Archive Number: VTEI 246
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:46:21
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