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Eichmann Trial -- Session 105 -- Servatius re-examines the Accused

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.185 | Film ID: 2185

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    Eichmann Trial -- Session 105 -- Servatius re-examines the Accused


    Session 105. People are standing a chatting in the courtroom. The Judges enter, and the 105th session of the Eichmann Trial is begun. 00:06:26 Eichmann is to be re-examined by his Counsel following the cross-examination by the Judges. Dr. Servatius is questioning Eichmann, first asking whether or not some of the documents presented in cross-examination were forgeries. Eichmann answers that he doesn't know them as forgeries, but they are quite strange to him.

    00:11:57 Eichmann is asked about the efforts to publish his memoir. He is presented with a translated article from a French magazine concerning this. It is the story of the reporter meeting Eichmann at a restaurant. He talked to this reporter named Sassen, telling his story under a false identity until he slipped, and was forced to reveal everything. Eichmann says that this story is not correct, only what he said before was correct. Eichmann wanted to write a book with this reporter about the events as they happened. The Judges ask if there was a slant to this book, and Eichmann says that the reporter wanted to show him as responsible for the goings on, and Eichmann thought it would not be believed if Hitler, who gave the orders, was excluded.

    00:35:19 Eichmann is asked how the information was given to Sassen, and he explains that it was always in a pub setting where he would talk to a recording device. He says he had no control over the device and was not coached in his answers. He also insists that he never exceeded his authority as a department head.

    00:41:27 Dr. Servatius begins to ask Eichmann about a particular statement of his from a document not yet entered into evidence. A debate over the legality of this ensues. It is finally read, it is a quote from Eichmann where he says that he never had any special positions, but always followed orders, and Eichmann quotes a man named Miller saying, "Had we had 50 Eichmanns, we would have automatically won the war," insisting that this was not about Eichmann's effectiveness, but rather his ability to follow orders. Eichmann says that while he cannot attest to the accuracy of every word, he says that he did say something to that effect.

    00:50:02 Dr. Servatius asks what the ranks were of the people Eichmann dealt with in Hungary. He answers in German, but is cut off by the slate before the translation can be given
    Film Title
    Eichmann Trial
    Event:  1961 July 20
    Production:  1961 July 20
    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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    00:00:33:00 to 00:51:11:00
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    • Master
    • Master 2185 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2185 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2185 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2185 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
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    • Preservation 2185 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2185 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2185 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2185 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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    Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 2460
    Source Archive Number: VTEI 196
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:43:41
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