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Eichmann Trial -- Session 110 -- Prosecution continues summing up

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.212 | Film ID: 2212

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    Eichmann Trial -- Session 110 -- Prosecution continues summing up


    Session 110. Begins midsentence as Hausner sums up his points of evidence, saying that Eichmann could not have done any of this without the Nazis, they created the situations from which the Jews fled.

    00:02:06 Tape jumps, and Hausner is now finished, and gives copies of his summations to the Judges and the Defense. Hausner justifies the hearsay evidence mentioned in the previous session through the duty of an officer to accurately note the goings on and actions around him, and that the burden of proof is on the Prosecution to show that any testimony is a lie. He talks about the logistics of the camps, followed by discussion of the death marches.

    00:11:36 Tape jumps, and Hausner points to the legal principle of conspiracy. Though it might be difficult to charge Eichmann with specific crimes, surely, he says, it is impossible to acquit him of conspiracy to commit heinous crimes. He cites a prior case which ruled that the act of any one conspirator was for the advancement of all conspirators and makes them all guilty.

    00:27:17 Tape is interrupted by slate, returns, and repeats the last question, concerning whether or not Eichmann joined the SD accidentally. Through the law of conspiracy, Hausner says that if Eichmann remained loyal to his oath, then he is guilty for all the acts of the Nazis, comparing them to a gang who commits a murder.

    00:31:17 Hausner admits that all of his examples are odd, but this case is unprecedented, and he must use normal precedents to argue. He cites Nuremberg decisions concerning "aggressive war" to convict Eichmann even if he is considered held into the Nazis against his will. 00:34:59 Hausner argues against the possibility of the Defense bringing up Nuremberg's selected acquittals of certain persons accused of conspiracy to commit crimes against humanity. He gives examples proving that this is not one of those cases.

    00:39:49 Tape is interrupted by a slate and repeats the previous statement. The Judges asks about the availability of a document mentioned concerning the official results of the Nuremberg trials. This condemns the oath of loyalty and considers it no excuse for crimes committed.

    00:45:55 Tape is interrupted by a slate, rewinding, gray screen, rewinding, the time code returns to the beginning, gray once again, and then the tape ends.
    Film Title
    Eichmann Trial
    Event:  1961 August 08
    Production:  1961 August 08
    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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    00:00:43:00 to 00:46:01:00
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    • Master 2212 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2212 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2212 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2212 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
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    • Preservation 2212 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2212 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2212 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2212 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: 2488
    Source Archive Number: VTEI 135
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:43:51
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