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December 02, 1960 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-12-02

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Two installments from the
memoirs of Adolf Eichmann, just
published by Life magazine, may
offer a preview of the defense
the ex-Gestapo leader responsible
for the mass extermination of
Jews will give when he goes on
trial next month in Israel.
In the memoirs, originally de-
veloped in interviews with a
German reporter in Buenos Aires
in 1955 and 1956, the former Nazi
leader maintains that he was
"merely a little cog . in the ma-
chinery that carried out the di-
rectives of the Gerinan Reich."
He characterizes himself as "a
man of average character with
good qualities and many faults,"
and maintains that he was re-
sponsible only for the transporta-
tion of Jews and had nothing to
do with their killing.
Eiclunann argues that "at
heart I am a very sensitive
man" and "simply can't look
at any suffering without trem-
bling myself." He maintains
that he complained to a Berlin
Gestapo chief about the use
of shooting as a method of
execution on the ground that
"our men will be educated to
become sadists."
Eichmann also states that he
was not an anti-Semite, but op-
posed the Jews only because
"they -.vere stealing the breath
of life from us." Concerning the
Jewish settlers in Palestine,
which he visited before World
War II, he declares: "I admired
their desperate will to live, the
more so since I was myself an
idealist."
At the same time, contrary ma-
terial creeps into the memoirs.
Concerning his assignment to the
"Jewish question," Eichmann
concedes: "I must confess that
I did not greet this assignment
with the apathy of an ox being
led to his stall. On the contrary
I was fascinated by it."
Again, in describing the exe-
cution of 5,000 Jews at Minsk,
which he personally witnesse
he narrates that they
shot after being made
alk
into a pit. Of thi
ent he
says: "It was
essive to
see them all j
ng into the
pit without
ring any re-
sistance wha
r."
Eichmann
o describes how,
through p
onal represe
tives, he a
nged, despite
ficulties, f
the flow of Je
upied countries
from the
western a
eastern Eur
this conn ion he co
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that the collaborationist regimes
were frightened by the Warsaw
Ghetto uprising and that this
facilitated his work: "We could
and did use the Warsaw example
like a traveling salesman who
sells an article all the more
easily by showii:g a special ad-
vertising attraction."
The Eichmann confession
reveals the Nazi criminal as
unrepentant, uttered in all
the cruelty of a man who was
out to murder innocent peo-
ple. His statement declares
that if he could have killed
ten million Jews as
planned "I would sa
we have dest
enemy'."
His memoi
refer to the
Kastner -ca
and the negotia-
tions
conducted in • eir
offer to
ease a mi •
in exc
ge for 10,00
ized tr ks with trailers
the G cans needed in t e
agains Russia.
(In onn, Germany,
tor-
ney R ert Servatius said he
may
out as Eichmann's
defense
ne
if
proven that
ides
are genuinely the Nazi crim-
inal's memoirs).
Eichmann relates his experi-
ences with Joel Brand, who
acted in behalf of the Hun-
garian Jews he tried to rescue.
His statement affirms that he
worked with the Hungarian
Zionist leader, Dr. Rudolf Kast-
ner and allowed "thousands"
of Jews to escape. He called
his deal with Kastner "a good
bargain." In the last days of
the Reich Eichmann reports
calling his men together to tell
them he was unrepentant and
he then told them:
"If it has to be, I will gladly
jump into my grave in the
knowledge that five million
enemies of the Reich have
already died like animals."

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to Israel
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government of the Ne rlands
has turned over to Israel Ambas-
sador Chanan Cidor, a full report
on the activities of Adolf Eich-
mann, the Nal who directe h
mass
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World Press, Radio Ready Connections for Newsmaking Trial

JERUSALEM, (JTA)—A total
of 324 foreign newspapers and
other • news dissemination agen-
cies have registered to cover the
trial of Nazi extermination spe-
cialist Adolf Eichmann, beginning
March 6, the Government press
office announced. They include
seven international and 27 na-
tional news agencies, 170 dailies,
34 radio and television networks
and 48 Jewish dailies and week-
lies from 35 countries.
The press office issued a de-
tailed circular advising all regis-
tered correspondents on technical
arrangements, cab
facilities,
room

applied for accreditation was
Lord Russel of Liverpool, Brit-
ish prosecutor at the Nuremberg
war crimes trials.

cov ge of the
Correspondents will have mod-
ern communications equipment at
their disposal in the p •ssroom
which will be in the c t build-
ing her • Simult e transla-
t . s of
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ings wil
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Special connecti
or tape
recorders and
s for news-
reel phot
ers will be pro-
the Government press
ce. Journalists will be re-
quired to have special permits to
enter the courtroom.
Among the correspondents

Israel to Approve
Nazi's Attorney

JERUSALEM, (JTA) — The
Knesset, Israel's Parliament, ap-
proved this week the final read-
ing of an amendment to the
Advocates Ordinance which will
enable the Minister of Justice to
formally approve the appointment
of Cologne attorney Robert Serva-
tius as the defense lawyer for
Adolf Eichmann.
Under the Advocates Ordinance,
only members of the Israeli Bar
were permitted to appear before
an Israeli court. The amendment
uthorizes a non-citizen of Israel
ppoint—with the approval of
nister of Justice--a defense
er who is not an Israeli.
e amendment was passed
out debate by agreement
ong all parties in order to
oid discussion which would in-
vitably involve both the entire
issue of the Nazi holocaust and
the Eichmann case which is pend-
ing before the court. The final
version of the amendment, how-
ever, includes a provision author-
izing the Minister of Justice to
cancel—with the court's approval
—the appointment of a non-Israeli
defense attorney even during the
trial, should "special circum-
stances arise."
The provision is believed to
aimed at providing the mean
preventing the non-Israeli de
attorney, who is not bou
rules of conduct of the B
ciation, from engaging u
munity, in anti-Israel
anti-Semitic discourses.

Bonn Refuses to Pay
for Defense of Eichmann

BONN, (JTA)—The Federal
Republic of Germany has -turned
down a request that it furnish
financial aid to the defense of
Adolf Eichmann.
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for Eichmann. "The case does not
come under the legal protection
ordinarily accorded German citi-
zens abroad," the spokesman said.
We have received a complete line of new and
Dr. Servatius said, after his
original ideas from SHUSLINGER BROS. We are
request for aid was denied by the
the sole distributors for the state of Michigan.
Foreign Ministry, that he may
ask the Israeli Government for
help in the financing of Eich-
mann's defense. He stated that
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covering the trial will be French
author Francois Mauriac, who
will represent the Paris Express.
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7 - THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, December 2, 1960

Eichmann Memoirs Offer Defense,
Yet Reveal Executioner's Role

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