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The Eichmann Trial

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***NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FINALIST (2012)***

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

The capture of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina in May of 1960 and his subsequent trial in Jerusalem by an Israeli court electrified the world. The public debate it sparked on where, how, and by whom Nazi war criminals should be brought to justice, and the...more
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Published March 15th 2011 by Schocken (first published March 4th 2011)
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K
Deborah Lipstadt is my new go-to for Tisha be-Av reading.

I started this book on Tisha be-Av and read most of it, only finishing it up today. Although I've OD'd on Holocaust fiction, there is some wonderful, enlightening Holocaust non-fiction out there and this is a prime example.

In this relatively slim book (200 pages), Lipstadt gives us a meticulously researched, multifaceted, and very readable account of the Eichmann trial -- his capture, his prosecution, his defense, and arguments for and aga...more
Mikey B.
Definitely an interesting and at times provocative read on this subject.

The book is about two topics – the actual Eichmann trial in Israel and the subsequent writings of Hanna Arendt. These are preceded by a short and intriguing expose of the abduction of Eichmann in Argentina.

The trial had different meanings for those involved. The judges (there were three) wanted to confine it to Eichmann, whereas the prosecutor, Hausner, wanted to invoke the entire Holocaust – and literally broadcast this to...more
Morris
There have been two significant judicial trials related to the Holocaust -- the trial of Adolf Eichmann for crimes against humanity and, just a few years ago, the trial of historian Deborah Lipstadt for her "libel" of Holocaust denier, David Irving. Who better than Profeesor Lipstadt to write a popular and approachable book about the first and foremost trial of the Holocaust. The Eichmann Trial is worth reading.

After World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the chief operating officer of the destruction of...more
Amos Lassen
Lipstadt,Deborah. “The Eichmann Trial” (Jewish Encounters), Schocken, 2011.
50 Years Later
Amos Lassen

The trial of Adolph Eichmann is one of the milestones in the history of Israel and the Jewish people. Judge Gideon Hausner had the evidence to show that Eichmann was an important player in the destruction of European Jewry. Hausner put Holocaust survivors on the witness stand and even though there was never a confession from the Nazi in the courtroom, Hausner found that Eichmann was totally commit...more
Jillian
I read this book in one sitting - I felt that the book should be read on the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the trial. I loved it. Lipstadt covered the controversy surrounding Eichmann's capture, the decision to try him in Israel and the prosecution strategy. Her research is thorough and fair. She explains why the trial was a monumental event both in Jewish history and in the world's understanding of the Holocaust. She also devotes a significant number of pages to a discussion of Hanna...more
Sandra
Feb 02, 2012 Sandra rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: history, non-fiction
If you've ever wondered why we still seek and punish those who have committed horrific crimes, years ago, the opening address by prosecutor Hausner begins, and sums it all up.."As I stand here before you, Shoftei Tisrael, Judges of Israel, to lead the prosecution of Adolph Eichmann, I do not stand alone. With me at this place and at this hour, stand six million accusers. But they cannot rise to their feet and point an accusing finger towards the man who sits in the glass dock: "J'accuse." For th...more
Linda
Remember the "game" of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? You can connect yourself to anyone famous with six or fewer relationships among people. I discovered a while ago that I am 5 degrees from Adolf Eichmann (and therefore 6 degrees from Adolf Hitler!!!!!!) But that wasn't my reason for reading this book.

I recently finished a book on why people believe weird things which had a large amount of it concerned with Holocaust deniers. It mentioned the trial between David Irving and Deborah Lipstadt in whi...more
Fausto Betances
I've always been an observant of how people in general perceive Jewish individuals as well as the perception of my Jewish-Israeli friends of the world that surrounds them. There are certainly some level of paranoia in both ends, admittedly not remotely close to what one would think prevailed at the time this book was written. Coming from a small island (Dom Rep) of mostly Catholics the whole idea of the holocaust, and the leading believes held for so many centuries, came to me as something that...more
Jill
While there were many interesting points and observations, what started as a very promising read turned into a rather frustrating one. By 3/4 of the way through, the author had made herself much too present in the pages. This would have been a much less scattered and more interesting read had Lipstadt limited herself to Eichmann and his trial; instead, she ultimately detoured into several pages of analysis on Hannah Arendt's reactions to the trial where a few paragraphs would have sufficed. Inst...more
Doriana Bisegna
After having read Hunting Eichmann, I was left wondering whatever happened to Adolf Eichmann after his capture. I knew that he was given the death sentence but I needed to know how this "monster" presented himself during his trial. This book examines that trial and the world's reaction to the barbarity and facts behind the Holocaust. The word Holocaust came about from this trial and remained part of our vocabulary. Before this trial, the world didn't quite understand what had happened, how 6 mil...more
Chris
Lipstadt's most recent book makes a good companion for her History on Trial. In this slim volumne, Lipstadt offers a well thought out and even handed anaylsis of the the capture and trial of Echimann as well as the work of Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. The book is short and immensely readable.

Lipstadt further illustrates the impact that the trial had on the world and how it is still felt today.
Riley
A really good account of the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann and its meaning. I found this book to be both a good read and even-handed in its assessments. The thing that captured most attention when the book was released was its criticism of Hannah Arendt and her theory of the banality of evil. But even there, I found author Deborah Lipstadt provided a very multi-layered view of Arendt and her vision of Eichmann.

Lipstadt's conclusion is the Eichmann was no mere bureaucrat, and it seems difficult to...more
Liz B
This is what I wanted and didn't get from The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi--context, complications, big words. This is the first book I've read about the Eichmann trial, so it's the only perspective I have--but I really like how Lipstadt made it clear that various participants and observers wanted different things from the trial, and that those ideas and ideals affected both what happened during the trial and how it was reported.

One of...more
Courtney
I can't say that I loved this book, but I can't say that I hated it either. I semi-liked it because it was interesting, there are not a lot of books I can say that about that are written about history in a more historical format. There were definitely dry parts to this book, which I was expecting, but I was expecting the whole book to be dry.

There were still a lot of historical facts and figures that confused me (making it hard to fully understand everything of the book), but all things consider...more
Mary
A readable account though the end, where the defense take over, is a bit slow. The book stems from the author's personal experience and much of the first third of the book recounts her own experience of being sued by a Holocaust denier for libel under British law. She decided that her defense would not try to establish the truth of the Holocaust which she considers established beyond doubt. Earlier Holocaust related trials had turned into confusing circuses. I think her interest in the Eichmann...more
Marks54
This book details the history of the Eichmann trial, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. I was drawn to this book after reading Tony Judt's Postwar, which made that point that our current knowledge and appreciation of the Holocaust stems from the Eichmann trail and not from the Nuremberg trials - that the enormity of the effort to eradicate the Jews of Europe had not been appreciated as the central fact of Hitler's crimes until the Eichmann trial brought it to the world's attention....more
George Kaposi
Was Eichmann the architect of the Final Solution or just a minor clerk? Today is the 50th anniversary of his execution and the above book is a review of the events surrounding Eichmann’s capture, trial and execution with a focus on Hannah Arendt’s significant, but misguided work, (‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’) written at the time of the trial.
In retrospect and with additional documents now available, it is clear that Eichmann was no minor clerk or ’paper-pusher’ as he claimed at his trial. While not...more
Holly Procida
I have simultaneously read this new release and the 50 year old book based on the trial by Hannah Arendt.Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil Lipstadt does a nice job of incorporating fair criticism and analysis of the earlier work. I am additionally reading In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin. I have also read many, many other books involving the topic of the Holocaust. It is always heart wrenching and mind-boggling. This book emph...more
Simone
Breve resoconto del processo contro Eichmann celebrato in Israele nel 1961 in seguito alla sua cattura in Argentina. Molto interessante la discussione sulle conseguenze del processo sulla memoria e lo studio della Shoa in Israle e nel resto del mondo. Quasi un intero capitolo e' dedicato all' analisi dell'opera piu famosa dedicata al processo ovvero "La banalita' del male" di Hannah Arendt mettendo in evidenza soprattutto i limiti interpretativi.
Jsavett1
Great read and another really nice installment in the Jewish Encounters series. I had read Hannah Arendt's Eichmann In Jerusalem years ago and had no idea until reading this book that it was anything but the authoritative account of Eichmann's trial in 1961. Like most of the books in this series, Lipstadt doesn't go into a tremendous amount of depth or a comprehensive report about the content of the trial; however, the book benefits from this lack as it is a real judicial, philosophical, and his...more
Riv
OK, well, I couldn't finish this before taking it back to the library and unfortunately my interest petered out after the end of the trial.... The first half of the book focuses on the history behind the Eichmann trial and the entire trial itself, much of which was riveting (Maybe because they didnt teach us any of this in YOB?) The second part of the book seemed to move over to the story of Hannah Arendt, the reporter from the New Yorker (or maybe it was the Atlantic Monthly) who had been somet...more
H Wesselius
50 years later, Lipstadt revisits the Eichmann Trial. She covers the crimes, the capture and the trial with all the necessary details but very little extras. However, she seems more concern upon revisiting questions of collaboration, active resistance, and passivity that absorbed the Jewish community at that time. This becomes annoying for the general reader. And this continues when she examines Hannah Arendt's coverage of the trial. Not only does she revisit the collaboration debate but then de...more
Brian V.
I want to rate this higher but the truth is, it's more of an extended essay than a thorough treatment of the Eichmann trial. I think Lipstadt is an important author and I like her writing. I also think that many of her insights about the players in the Eichmann trial saga are very well thought out.

What I had been expecting was something that illuminated Eichmann and this book does not. It's more about the politics, literature surrounding, and the participants in the trial. I think her analysis o...more
Pam
It amazes me, reading now of this event and the drama around it, that I was so oblivious in my youth! That being said, this is such a well-written and presented view of this period. I particularly appreciate her context as well as the 'dissection' of Hannah Arendt's writing on this. None the less, it is a certain type of book; very much a history but Lipstadt writes well, and as I noted, seems very aware of her audience, i.e. the need to keep the context of the trail in 1961 but also of the cont...more
Ted
I approached the book as a way of learning about the Eichmann trial from a perspective other than Arendt's. The first half of the work, although written from a perspective with which I do not agree, filled that role quite well. Sadly, the second half of the book degenerates into ax-grinding criticism of Arendt and no small amount of self-inflation on the part of the author. Perhaps in 50 years another book will come along putting Lipstadt into perspective. I eagerly await it.
Laura
Lipstadt gives a clear-eyed and interesting analysis of how the trial of Eichmann in 1960 changed the way the world viewed the Holocaust and what the ramifications are from this point 50 years later. I appreciated reading the overview of her own trial defending her book Denying the HolocaustI from charges of libel brought by David Irving, and feel that her debunking of Hanna Arendt's coverage of Eichmann's trial and subsequent writings to be a valuable addition.
Raimo Wirkkala
This is a concise, informative and thought-provoking account of the abduction, trial and execution of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann by the Israelis in the early 60s. At the back of the book the author also deals with the coverage of the trial by writer Hannah Arendt. She finishes with a thoughtful chapter on the over-arching impact and meaning of this historic trial. This is one book in a series about various aspects of Jewish history, all written by Jewish writers.
Sheila
Of course, I knew about the Holocaust, but until I read this book, I didn't really understand what it meant. The author's depiction of the trial was very fair and unbaised. How can people do this to other people? Why do people hate a race just because they exist? The book didn't answer that; how could it? But everyone should read this book and vow it will never happen again. Also, the author is an excellent writer and I just ordered another book by her.
Esti
I haven't yet finished this book and decided to put it down for a bit. Needed something more uplifting.
I usually really enjoy Deborah Lipstadt's writing, and I had hoped for a more in depth study of the effect of the trials on the Israeli population. Instead it seems to be a compilation of quotes by various newspapers, commentators, politicians, etc. which, while giving us some insights, doesn't quite do the job. Let's see what happens when I finish it.
Antony
Reading through the reviews on GoodReads I wonder if we have all being reading the same book! Lipstadt's gripping account of the Trial and how it was interpreted is both profound and highly accessible. With the passage of time, and the skills of a first rate historian, she is able to give a much more layered account of Eichmann's culpability and the wider impact (in Israel and the rest of the world) of the trial.
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