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The Eichmann Trial Diary: A Chronicle of the Holocaust
Fifty years ago in April, 1961, the trial of Adolf Eichmann opened in Jerusalem. At first most observers concentrated on the details of the amazing arrest of the former SS officer hiding in Argentina under an assumed name. The trial informed the world about the gigantic enterprise of extermination and murder carried out by Nazi Germany against the Jews that is now called ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Enigma Books
(first published April 4th 2011)
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The trial of Adolf Eichmann was one of the most important trials of the twentieth century as whether the holocaust happened and what happened there was dealt with in bringing Eichmann to justice. One of his main lines of defense was that he just followed orders. This question, of whether individuals can be freed of responsibility of their actions which devastate and destroy others because they were just following orders was central to this case. This excuse continues to be used in a variety of ...more
I'm against the death penalty, so I was really torn by this book. I wanted to say, "I'm against the death penalty..except for Nazis." Anyway, I've read other books about this trial, including Hannah Arendt's. I think I learned some new insights from this one. The author has his opinions, but he tells the story of the trial as an observer and a pretty objective one, I thought. I especially loved the way he wrote about the opinions of the public and their waning and waxing interest in the trial, ...more
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