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

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.213 | Film ID: 2213

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


    Session 110. Repeats part of Tape 2212, where Hausner gives examples from Nuremberg where people were exonerated, and he shows that this is not similar to those instances. 00:02:21 Court takes a 20 minute recess. Various shots of people milling about the courtroom. Fade to slate.

    00:04:15 Eichmann in his booth and Hausner organizing papers. Various shots of the crowd. 00:10:33 Judges return.

    00:10:45 Tape jumps, Hausner is speaking, citing decisions from Ulm that decided that duress is not an excuse for murder. He also cites that bodily harm in the case of refusing to cooperate is also not an excuse for murder. 00:15:15 Hausner describes the process by which the conspiracy occurred, beginning with the Madagascar Plan that Eichmann attempted to use in his defense. He details it, and suggests that perhaps his anger concerning that plan's rejection, and led to his creation of the next plan. 00:22:34 Hausner begins quoting the Sassen memoirs where Eichmann detailed his being selected for the job because he was able to do it, and putting his all into that job. He said that he did not just take orders, that he relished the experience. In testimony, he claims that all of that was a fabrication. In the Defense's use of that same quote, he admitted that he said it, and eventually said that he did it with joy and vision. 00:29:57 Hausner quotes Rudolf Hess's writings concerning getting to know Eichmann.

    00:30:38 Tape jumps, Hausner discusses Eichmann's bragging about the six million dead. The role of Eichmann within these horrors is the only question left, he says. He says that Eichmann's testimony is a jumble of contradictions contrary to all of the evidence. He says that no office could have functioned in the way Eichmann described, and that the Nazis were by no means inefficient. He says that Eichmann is trying to describe himself as a victim of circumstance, and has mentioned that he as accused has the right to lie. The mountain of evidence stands against only his own testimony.
    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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    00:00:34:00 to 00:46:01:00
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    • Master
    • Master 2213 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2213 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2213 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2213 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
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    • Preservation 2213 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2213 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2213 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2213 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: 2490
    Source Archive Number: VTEI 186
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:43:51
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