The Eichmann Trial by Deborah E. Lipstadt

By Deborah E. Lipstadt

Nationwide JEWISH e-book AWARD FINALIST (2012)

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The seize of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by way of Israeli brokers in Argentina in may perhaps of 1960 and his next trial in Jerusalem by way of an Israeli court docket electrified the realm. the general public debate it sparked on the place, how, and by way of whom Nazi conflict criminals will be delivered to justice, and the overseas media assurance of the trial itself, was once a watershed second in how the civilized international usually and Holocaust survivors particularly came across the capacity to house the legacy of genocide on a scale that had by no means been noticeable before.

Award-winning historian Deborah E. Lipstadt provides us an summary of the trial and analyzes the dramatic influence that the survivors' court docket testimony--which used to be itself no longer with out controversy--had on an international that had till then usually venerated the Holocaust yet by no means absolutely understood what the thousands who died and the masses of hundreds of thousands who controlled to outlive had truly experienced.

As the area maintains to confront the continuing truth of genocide and consider the destiny of these who live to tell the tale it, this trial of the century, which has develop into a touchstone for judicial lawsuits during the global, bargains a felony, ethical, and political framework for coming to phrases with unfathomable evil. Lipstadt infuses a gripping narrative with historic point of view and modern urgency.

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3 Much to the chagrin and horror of the world, those unilaterally declared to be racially inferior by this law were eventually systematically exterminated in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, Belzec and more. Dr. Bergman cogently illustrates that Hitler’s henchmen had two defining characteristics. First, they viewed Hitler as a demi-god. ” All textbooks in Nazi Germany had to be approved by the educational authorities and were required to reflect the prevailing worldview and its concomitant values.

This event is often regarded as the actual beginning of the Holocaust. The unlikely excuse used for the pogrom was the fact that a seventeen-year-old Polish Jew named Herschel Grynszpan, then living with his uncle in Paris, had murdered a German official in Paris. The main reason for Herschel’s anger was the inhumane treatment his Jewish parents in Germany received from the Nazis. Herschel’s father, Zindel, was born in western Poland and moved to Hanover, Germany, in 1911 to establish a small store.

In general, I have used sources that are well recognized by Hitler scholars as very accurate. The veracity of the English translation of Hitler’s Secret Conversations and Hitler’s Table Talk (compiled by a supporter of Hitler who had his own agenda) has been questioned. Whereas these works are quoted a few times in this book, my conclusions do not rely on them but are well supported by numerous other sources. As research on Hitler progresses I will revise this work to reflect the latest scholarship.

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