PM marks Eichmann trial anniversary: The Jewish People live

Trial marked "a turning point" in history of Jewish People, Sate of Israel, Netanyahu says; courtroom testimony videos uploaded to YouTube.

April 10, 2011 18:12
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Charles Dharapak)

The government on Sunday approved the allocation of NIS 4 million to commemorate 50 years since the beginning of Adolf Eichmann's trial on 15 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity on April 11, 1961.

Eichmann was abducted by the Mossad in Argentina in 1960, and convicted on all 15 counts. He was executed by hanging in 1962.

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting, said the Eichmann trial marked "a turning point in which the State of Israel and the Jewish People began to mete out justice to their persecutors and said: Enough!  No more!  Regrettably, our enemies and those who seek Jewish lives have not gone from the world."

"But the State of Israel exists and it knows how to defend itself from evil designs and we say: No more!  We say more than that: The Jewish People live!" he added.

Former minister and Mossad operative Rafi Eitan, who participated in the operation to capture Eichmann; Tamar Raveh and Amos Hauser, children of Gideon Hauser who prosecuted Eichmann; and Mickey Goldman, one of Eichmann's interrogators, addressed the Cabinet.

As part of the activities to commemorate the trial will be three central events. One of the events will be held in Jerusalem's Beit Ha'am, where the trial took place. One will take place at the Wannsee Villa outside Berlin where the Final Solution was formally presented in January 1942, and a third in New York.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Eichmann trial, the State Archives and Yad Vashem uploaded to YouTube the films of the trial. The material can be seen at:, and contains over 200 hours of trial sessions and a compilation of testimonies. The channel is a joint effort between Yad Vashem and the Israel State Archives.

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