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Eichmann Trial -- Session 109 -- Slawik affidavit and the completion of evidence

Film | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.208 | Film ID: 2208

Session 109. Dr. Servatius is asked if he still has the testimony from witness Alfred Josef Slawik (duplicate from Tape 2207). He was a servant of Eichmann's in Budapest. He says that he never heard of any cases where a Jew was mistreated. He discusses numerous things that Eichmann has been accused of doing in his time at the villa, and says that all of them are false. 00:13:07 Hausner points out that Slawik says he was employed by Eichmann for only a few months in a single place.

00:13:55 Dr. Servatius says that this testimony was not available when he questioned Eichmann as a witness, he asks if he could ask a few questions, and he is allowed. 00:16:04 Eichmann is asked about and says that he does not remember a man named Keitel, but he was told about him. Dr. Servatius asks about Keitel's execution for shooting an old woman. Eichmann says that he never heard anything, and he would have had to have been informed of such things. Keitel must have brought him an amphibious vehicle, and then became superfluous, he does not remember him. Servatius concludes his questioning.

00:22:33 Hausner asks about Eichmann having three drivers, as said in Slawik's testimony. Eichmann says that's not exactly true. There was a drivers pool from which he would pick one, and over time, one would drive him regularly, and at times Eichmann would drive himself, but he never had three drivers at one time. Eichmann acquired an amphibious vehicle from a special supply of the SS where he pulled some strings after his car, an Opel, gave him some issues. The driver who came with it soon left him. Eichmann said he never needed an amphibious vehicle and did not ask for one, but used it for motorsport and enjoyed it. Eichmann admits that it is strange that Slawik knew about these things and he did not.

00:34:11 Servatius has no need for more questions. Tape goes black and starts at 00:34:28 with Servatius stating that they have completed their case. Hausner submits an affidavit by Rudolf Vrba. Changes need to be made to the record, the Judges work on that silently. 00:38:10 The Vrba affidavit just made it to the court, and the Prosecution attempts to submit it. The topics of the Vrba affidavit are summarized by Hausner, including his time in Auschwitz and his estimates on the number of victims there. The ability of the Prosecution to submit the affidavit at this time is discussed at length.

00:44:42 Tape jumps and the Judges are giving a decision on certain paragraphs for admissions of evidence. They allow certain sections of the submitted evidence. 00:53:05 Hausner submits the approved passages of a book about Puszykowko into the record. All of the evidence has been submitted, Hausner wishes to have some time to think about the Summing-Up section of the trial. It is granted, and they will resume a few days later. 01:01:35 Court adjourns.

Film Title
Eichmann Trial
Event:  1961 July 25
Production:  1961 July 25
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 21:57:26
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