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Eichmann Trial -- Session 111 -- Prosecution continues summing up

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.218 | Film ID: 2218

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    Eichmann Trial -- Session 111 -- Prosecution continues summing up


    Session 111. The Attorney General Hausner continues summing up the case of the Prosecution. He lists the criterions for guilt from another case and applies them to Eichmann. He says that Eichmann deported people without authorization, showing that he acted on his own. 00:11:30 Hausner reads various reasons why the General Government had no control over any of the camps, nor could they even know what they were for, thus showing that the camps could only fall under the auspices of the SS and Eichmann. He says that Eichmann's claims of having no part are based on lies.

    00:23:22 Eichmann's role as a conspirator is analyzed. The roundup and deportation of the Jews as told by witness Lichtman is described. Then, he reads an account of the death marches, and another witness' description of Jewish stars, along with Eichmann's admittance that his office planned that marking system. He then describes the humiliation of those sympathetic to the Jews. 00:34:56 Hausner begins describing the plight of the Jewish children and the intelligencia. He tells a story of a child that was interviewed in a camp and his longing for his mother.

    00:42:46 Details about torture in the camps, followed by shots of the obviously distressed crowd. The "torture of the top" is described, along with other pastimes of the Germans, such as forcing the disabled to carry stones and shooting them or strangling and sharpshooting victims.

    00:50:02 Rudolf Hoess' orders concerning the beginning of the Final Solution and his contact with Eichmann are discussed. Hausner reads the organizational beginnings of the Final Solution as created by Eichmann, the various instances where Eichmann was made aware of the Jewish situation, and the portions he admitted to in testimony and cross-examination.
    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: Capital Cities Broadcasting Corporation
    Subject: Eda Lichtman
    Producer: Milton Fruchtman
    Camera Operator: J. Kalach
    Camera Operator: Emil Knebel
    Camera Operator: J. Jonilowicz
    Camera Operator: F. Csaznik
    Camera Operator: Rolf M. Kneller
    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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    00:00:31:00 to 00:59:27:00
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    • Master 2218 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2218 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2218 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
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    • Preservation 2218 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2218 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
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      Preservation 2218 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: 2495
    Source Archive Number: VTEI 115
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