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

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

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
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:45:06
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