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The Eichmann Trial

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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
ebook, 256 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Schocken (first published March 4th 2011)
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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.
May 02, 2011 Morris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amos Lassen
May 03, 2011 Amos Lassen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Nov 27, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've ever read about the Holocaust. We now have decades of hindsight, and the judgment of Nazi Germany is written in stone forevermore, except for the crazed, deluded deniers. Surely, convicting and executing Eichmann, but one genocidal criminal, helped chisel that verdict. By starting here, years after the Holocaust, with a perpetrator of evil apprehended and dragged into the docket, and the hand of justice at work, I was expecting a satisfying, morally certain read. But ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: non-fiction, history
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
Jul 01, 2017 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fascism, audible
A good response to Arendt's dubious claims about Eichmann
Dec 28, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Fausto Betances
Feb 07, 2013 Fausto Betances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2011 Jillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 29, 2011 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, wwii
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
Jun 21, 2017 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Informative and concisely written account of Eichmann's capture, trial and aftermath. I became aware of Lipstadt with the interesting movie Denial, about her brave courtroom battle with a Holocaust denier.
Ms. Sorock
May 07, 2017 Ms. Sorock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved learning about this trial, and some parts were engrossing, but the writing lost my interest in other sections of the book.
Jul 15, 2017 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recounts the capture, trial and subsequent execution of one of the last “free” Nazis. Also looks at Hannah Arendt’s analysis and the significance of the trial for Israel. Thought-provoking.
George Kaposi
Sep 02, 2013 George Kaposi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2017 Monika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, audio-books
It's always amazing how people who commit evil things explain themselves. How they cannot answer straight away that they are guilty. On the contrary they are deeply convinced they're right and above that they were doing good instead of bad. From this perspective this book is shocking. It also made me search for actual trial footage and it was interesting, as well. Definitely a memorable book.
May 23, 2011 Marks54 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 19, 2011 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done
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
Liz B
Jan 25, 2014 Liz B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2014 Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This book was divided in three parts. The opening where the author compares herself and her slander trial brought by a holocaust denier to the story she is about to relate and how Eichmann's trial laid precedent and groundwork that influenced her trial. The central and longest part focused on the actual Eichmann trial. And the last part was a vicious critique of Hannah Arendt's journalistic record and subsequent book about the trial. The book would have been much better without the first and fin ...more
Holly Foley (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
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
May 15, 2011 Riv rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2011 Jsavett1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2013 BIG BOOKS rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hitler-nazis
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
May 10, 2011 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies (1993), Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion. Lipstadt was an historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust.

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“Deniers build their pseudo-arguments on traditional anti-Semitic stereotypes and imagery. They contend that Jews created the myth of the Holocaust in order to bilk the Germans out of billions of dollars and ensure the establishment of Israel. Once again the devious Jews have harmed innocent multitudes—Germans and Palestinians in particular—for the sake of their own financial and political ends. To someone nurtured by the soil of anti-Semitism, this makes perfect sense.

-- The Eichmann Trial, page xx”
“The judges’ primary objective was to conduct a scrupulously fair legal proceeding that would win the respect of the world. Hausner’s goal was to tell the story of the Holocaust in all its detail, and in so doing, to capture the imagination not just of Israel’s youth and world Jewry, but of the entire world .

-- The Eichmann Trial, page 121”
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