Cabinet okays NIS 4m. for Eichmann trial 50th anniversary

PM: This was when the Jews began to mete out justice to their persecutors; courtroom testimony videos uploaded to YouTube.

April 10, 2011 18:14
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

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


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The government on Sunday approved the allocation of NIS 4 million to commemorate the 50th anniversary of 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 lives!” Former minister and Mossad operative Rafi Eitan, who participated in the operation to capture Eichmann; Tamar Raveh and Amos Hausner, children of Gideon Hausner 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 in Jerusalem’s Beit Ha’am, where the trial took place; one at the Wannsee Villa outside Berlin where the Final Solution was formally presented in January 1942; and a third in New York.

The State Archives and Yad Vashem have uploaded to YouTube the films of the trial.

The material, which contains over 200 hours of trial sessions and a compilation of testimonies, can be seen at EichmannTrialEN#p/a. The channel is a joint effort between Yad Vashem and the Israel State Archives.

The cabinet on Sunday also approved Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer’s decision to issue a new series of banknotes which will feature prominent Hebrew poets and writers: Rahel the Poet on the new NIS 20 bill, Leah Goldberg on the NIS 50 bill, Shaul Tchernichowsky on the NIS 100 bill, and Natan Alterman on the new NIS 200 bill.

In other business, the cabinet also formally approved the appointment of Yoram Cohen as the new head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), and Aharon Franco as the new Prisons Service Commissioner.

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