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Eichmann Trial -- Session 112 -- Prosecution continues summing up

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0087 | RG Number: RG-60.2100.221 | Film ID: 2221

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    Eichmann Trial -- Session 112 -- Prosecution continues summing up


    Session 112. Hausner gives examples of instances showing that Eichmann was in control of the fates of the Jews at Auschwitz (Duplicate footage from Tape 2220). This includes his visits to Auschwitz, discussing how they would be unnecessary if he was only in charge of getting trains there. He says that the requests to Auschwitz for skeletons for medicinal and educational use went to Eichmann. Everything points to Eichmann as the leader, not a follower, and that his office was in fact directly related to Auschwitz.

    00:14:09 Tape cuts out. Judges enter the courtroom. They read the schedule for the upcoming sessions. Hausner resumes summing up and discusses Eichmann's Blood for Goods trading proposals, saying that it was independent from the foreign ministry.

    00:21:39 The possibility of Eichmann being angry at Becher is discussed, describing the various times where Eichmann became angry when someone tried to take control of Jewish affairs from him. Eichmann's ruthless words are read from the Sassen documents, multiple times he condemned the Jews and describes horrid functions of the camp happily.

    00:29:15 Tape cuts, and begins again with Hausner reading the words of Eichmann, where he says that the Jews would be removed from Hungary no matter what, there would be no repeat of Romania. He says that it was a known fact that he was the architect of the deportation. He describes the horrible conditions that deportees faced.

    00:39:48 The Krumey testimony is analyzed and compared with Eichmann's testimony. Its correlation with other testimonies is discussed, along with Eichmann's claim that the entire story is a fabrication. The Slawic testimony is compared as well.

    00:43:10 Tape cuts. Hausner discusses the evidence where Eichmann overstepped his orders, saying that he did not do only what was demanded of him. 00:44:57 Hausner admits that Eichmann did not issue orders, but instead when the orders were issued, he would take command and press to have everything possible done within and at times beyond those orders. He says that the camouflage of the camps was proof that they knew it was illegal and against humanity.

    00:51:42 Hausner begins quoting the minutes of a Zionist Council meeting, and the court questions the ability of submitting this quote at this time, as it was not submitted as evidence prior to this time. It is eventually allowed, as it was previously referenced by the court. It says that the Jewish people should be on the side of the Allies, and thus the Nazis would have had the opportunity to deal with the Jews as combatants, to put them in POW camps, but they did not. These things prove that Eichmann knew what he was doing and was willing to do so.
    Film Title
    Eichmann Trial
    Event:  1961 August 09
    Production:  1961 August 09
    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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    00:00:27:00 to 01:00:11:00
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    • Master 2221 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2221 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2221 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
      Master 2221 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - large
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    • Preservation 2221 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2221 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
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      Preservation 2221 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: 2498
    Source Archive Number: VTEI 351
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:43:54
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