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Eichmann Trial -- Session 106 -- Examination by Judges

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.191 | Film ID: 2191

Session 106. Eichmann's empty booth, he enters nearly a minute later. Various shots of Eichmann and the crowd as the court awaits the Judges. 00:06:51 The Judges enter and open the 106th Session of the trial, reminding Eichmann that he is still under oath. The Prosecution and Defense inform the Judges that they have come to an agreement to submit into evidence a handwritten document of Eichmann's.

00:11:37 Eichmann says that he gave numeric estimates to Reinhard Heydrich for the Wannsee Conference getting his information from Jewish Yearbooks, local information, and questions to specific places. Numbers, the information, and his sources are questioned and debated, along with the acceptance and use of various words, ranks, and his subordinates.

00:33:02 Eichmann, after avoiding the question a few times, answers once and for all that all the plans of his subordinates had to cross his desk for approval, meaning that he not only knew of all the actions his office committed, but could have stopped them. Eichmann tries to dispute this, and many details of the intricacies of his office are discussed, including many examples of exceptions and the analysis of a draft of action. Eichmann insists that many people would not change orders, think for themselves, or ask questions of the order or whether or not it had been implemented without being commanded to do so. 01:11:36 Tape ends mid-sentence with Eichmann explaining another example of his not giving any comments or suggestions for a written plan of extermination.

Film Title
Eichmann Trial
Event:  1961 July 21
Production:  1961 July 21
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 12:44:58
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