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Eichmann Trial -- Session 109 -- Submitting more evidence

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.209 | Film ID: 2209

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    Eichmann Trial -- Session 109 -- Submitting more evidence


    Session 109. Eichmann plays with his pen (mute). Servatius argues for an unidentified piece of evidence. The Judges decide that it is not directly related to Eichmann and should not be dealt with in this case. Hausner begins discussing a document involving communications between offices of the Reich.

    00:10:08 Servatius objects to the submission of another document after a break in the recording. Hausner requests to submit a book about Lidice children from Puszykowko titled "The Children Before the Death Gates of Chelmno." He summarizes the parts of the book he would like to submit. 00:19:59 Servatius requests that the document be rejected for having been submitted too late. It is too late to find credible witnesses and for the Defense to make their own investigation. The Judges argue that he mentioned submitting this book with an earlier piece of evidence, but he was held off until at least the end of the Defense's testimony. No real decision is made on this.

    00:26:00 Hausner tries to submit one last piece of evidence, a document that contradicts Becher's statement, saying that the original testimony that Becher redirected a train to from Switzerland to Bergen-Belsen was refuted, and that the witness knew that Eichmann did it. The Judge and Hausner discuss the validity and the importance of this document. Matters of procedure are discussed, including a postcard and photo that did not receive an exhibit number, the minutes of a prior session, and photocopies of certain pieces of evidence.

    00:42:10 The Judges ask when the testimony of Rudolf Vrba was first mentioned. The Secretary checks and says it was Session 72. Dr. Servatius agrees with the decisions on the postcard and photo, it is admitted to evidence.

    00:45:08 There is a 20 minute break, the Judges promise to return with decisions on the outstanding matters. Shots of the courtroom and people milling about.
    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
    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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    00:00:33:00 to 00:46:40:00
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    • Master
    • Master 2209 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2209 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2209 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2209 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
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    • Preservation 2209 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2209 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2209 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2209 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: 2485
    Source Archive Number: VTEI 146
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:46:13
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