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Eichmann Trial -- Session 106 -- Eichmann's personal feelings

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.194 | Film ID: 2194

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    Eichmann Trial -- Session 106 -- Eichmann's personal feelings


    Session 106. Tape starts midsentence with some duplicate material from Film ID 2192. Judge cites that Eichmann ordered the release of a group of Jews from the ghettos in eastern Hungary. Eichmann says that this, along with other examples, were ordered by his superiors, and he explains how and why this was. Generally, he says that he was ordered to do such things, never could he do something like that on his own, and he never questioned the motives behind his orders.

    00:11:14 The Judge questions the decision to transfer Jews to the Eastern front instead of the Western front, accusing Eichmann of trying to stirring up tensions between East and West. Eichmann pleads ignorant, the Judge relents. 00:13:10 Eichmann says that he had no such motives, and while Himmler might have, he did not. He cites a Ten Percent rule that would have made such things impossible; the Judge says they will discuss that later. A Fighter Plane Program is also discussed and the potential use of Jews for that.

    00:18:40 Eichmann says that he is not anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish. Eichmann is asked about his family history and the Jews who had married into the family. He confirms that he approved the paperwork for his Jewish Aunt leaving for Switzerland. Eichmann says that this proves he could not have hated Jews. When asked about whether or not he approved individual cases asking to be spared, he could not remember, and gives avoiding answers.

    00:25:41 Eichmann begins describing, contrary to prior testimony as the Judge points out, that he could violate his oath if he confessed about it later; a fact that seemed to surprise the court. Eichmann reads more from a speech by Himmler concerning obedience. It is not translated into Hebrew or English because the court has a translated copy. Eichmann says that the higher a persons' rank, the easier it was to break the rules.

    00:35:52 The Judge begins pressing Eichmann on his statements of civic courage and the will to stick to your morals, and Eichmann's apparent refusal to do that. Eichmann says that one could not really resist the nation, that one person's efforts were irrelevant. He says that his ideal was to carry out the National Socialist doctrine as efficiently and as loyally as possible. 00:46:30 After saying that there is a difference between responsibility and guilt, and saying he is guilty of taking orders, Eichmann is asked if he takes responsibility for the things he has done. He is asked if he takes responsibility for things he said in the Sassen memoirs. He says that he spoke truths in the corrections, and the Judge presses him, asking if he was drunk when he made corrections. Eichmann, becoming defensive, insists he was sober when he made corrections, and he told truths. The Judge says that he is mixing two stories, and Eichmann admits having relapses of nationalism as the nights wore on. The Judge pushes Eichmann about these recordings and writings, and then accuses him of not having civic courage. Eichmann gives an excuse, saying various parts of the submitted Sassen memoirs are not his writings, and he has in fact not read most of them.

    00:56:29 Judge Halevi concludes his questioning after hearing this information. Dr. Servatius attempts to submit a schedule of dates of events as prepared by the Accused and is refused due to time. Dr. Servatius is then given permission to speak to Eichmann between sessions. Session 106 is concluded, court adjourns.
    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
    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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    00:00:28:00 to 01:02:13:00
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    • Master 2194 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2194 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2194 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
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    • Preservation 2194 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2194 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
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      Preservation 2194 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: 2469
    Source Archive Number: VTEI 228
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