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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-07-21

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(Continued from Page 12)
Eichmann scored slightly in
sadists if they had to continue one of the exchanges which
to shoot Jews.
dealt with a document from the
Eichmann admitted at his Lodz ghetto commander who
trial Wednesday that as a Ges- wrote to Eichmann on July 16,
tapo official he had written a 1941, that there would be no
book on "The Final Solution to food or fuel available for the
the Jewish Problem" and that Jews in the ghetto in the corn-
he had lectured on the topic ing winter and that it would be
before a . select audience of "more humane" to shoot them
Nazis, but said publication of outright than to let them starve
the book was banned by his and freeze.
Gestapo bureau chief, G e n.
Hausner maintained that this
-Heinrich Mueller.
suggestion could not have been
Besides, said the 55-year-old as shocking as Eichmann had
former Gestapo colonel, it only testified it had been to him be-
reached galley-proof form and cause, from June 2 to July 16
was not, as Hausner charged, in that year, Eichmann received
published in an edition of 50,000 no less than 13 reports from
copies. Moreover, he said, it Nazi execution squads of t
was not really a book but only wiping out of entire
a thin brochure.
communities in various
Eichmann worked hard, on Eichmann said he do
his ,ninth day under cross-exam- had received such re
ination, to minimize the lecture, Hausner then offere ► cop
Which he said took place after Eichmann examined the
the fall of Rome to the allies. ments and asserted that
Hausner then cited a statement showed only that three
made by Eichmann in his dic- were delivered to D .
tation to Willem Sassen, the the Gestapo
hat
Dutch Nazi journalist, in Ar- there was
ation 'tha
gentina, that Eichmann had con- his De
for Jewish •'
cluded the lecture with a state- f
4—received any
ment that the Jews, "the th
e co s. The first mar e n
sand year scourge of mankind, a doc ent showing that ch-
-was now removed."
mann department did r eive
was on a report- • ated
Eichmann told the court that a co
, one week after the
"even if I said this, I would July
ly 16 date. Judge
have been completely mad to crucia
record this before Sassen." He dau ask , or
insisted his lecture was confined the sake of brevity, to accept
to providing only factual infor- the July 24 report as, the first
mation and did not express any which was unquestionably sub-
opinions, either his or those of mitted to Eichmann's , Gestapo
others, because "Mueller. for- department.
bade this."
The prosecutor continued to
The defendant denied that the bear down on Eichmanni with
lecture was attended by Nazi extracts f r o m the memoirs
Propaganda Minister Josef printed by Life. When the de-
Goebbels. He said that when he fendant was unable to extricate
submitted the text of his lec- himself from damaging situa-
ture to Mueller "for approval," tions, he would admit making
he asked for figures regarding the statement at issue but with
the actual number of Jews the qualification that it was not
killed, on the assumption that true. He argued that he made
his audience could be told, but some of the statements under
that Mueller 'advised against Sassen's plying him with wine
this.
and with suggestions to "puff
At one stage in the cross- up" the material so that it
examination, Eichmann assert. would have better sales pos-
ed that the, prosecution was sibilities.
trying to "roast him." This
Eichmann argued that when
developed when Hausner cited he first started replying to - Sas-
material from the Sassen sen's questions, he would say,
memoirs conflicting with in some cases that he did not
Eichmann's adamant insist. know. However, he said, Sassen
ence that he never had au- said that "one cannot write a
thority to negotiate directly book this way." The two de-
with foreign Cabinet members. cided therefore, Eichmann testi-
Eichmann insisted that there fied, that they would "recon-
be playbacks in court of con- struct" the events as "they
versations on his memoirs, might have happened" with the
' which were partly published main goal to render events of
in Life, to prove or disprove the Nazi period in "the spirit
the prosecution charges. He of the times," and not each in
argued that there were er- detail. Therefore, Eichmann
rors and omissions in the Sas- said, he described some events
sen material. Finally, he said as though they had happened
angrily that he would not to him, although actually, he
answer or comment further insisted, he heard it from
on any material in the Sassen others.
document not admitted as
Hausner challenged this with
evidence by the court.
the query: "You wanted to pub-
Presiding Justice Moshe Lan- lish a book whose untruths
dau immediately told the de- would have been immediately
fendant that "you will continue questioned by persons men-
to answer questions until I re- tioned in the book who are still
lieve you of the duty to answer alive?" Eichmann replied that
t 'h e m." Eichmann answered, "this was not a consideration.
'Yes, your honor, but I have There is a certain liberty ac-
a feeling they are roasting me corded to authors."
•here until the steak is cooked
and this on the basis of inade- Survey of. U. S. Press
Indicates Approval of
quate documents."

put Eichmann on trial was
"substantially, more affirmative
than negative," as reflected in
daily newspaper and magazine
editorials. Another finding dis-
closed by the survey was that
there is "a formidable reserve
of good will for Israel among
the general press, even on con-
troversial issues in which Is-
rael's position is not initially
appealing."
The study found no apparent
differences in editorial approach
on the basis of geographical re-
gion or size of population
served. It noted, however, that
newspapers in the Middle West
tended to devote more space
to • ew co erage of the trial
*lies.
in all sections of
untrPiiderscored t
ort nce of not
akenin
nal hatr
ld we

-
ss sury'
the
n religious press
had expressed a variety of
01 . 1 ions about the trial. It
hat the "p
unmista
ne" a i e of "
tent
f low- eyed ho •
y to Is-
rael." Th •
rt found "a
kin
erstated animosity

to the trial," which
ne of
m •
r n
was most pronou
n local the few Christian leaders
nly
diocesan paper
ch as the and publicly to defend
ael
Pittsburgh Ca
ic. as the proper forum f
the
However, l'
al Catholic t
the
magazines
America and
uhr,
Commonwe
`editorialized in a
theolo-
vein far di rent from that
in' Chris-

the local
cesan press, ag. tia
reflecting t
diversity that
be found amo
cations," the report said.
The Protestant press was
"somewhat more receptive to
/Almost Everything in Wear,
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"although much of its interest
Extra Long to 66 Stout.
in the case had been devoted to
-
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Edition of Sokolow's
Work to Mark Yahrzeit

TEL AVIV, (JTA)—The 25th
anniversary of Dr. Nahum Soko-
low's death was marked with the
publication of a new three- vol-
ume edition—some 1,700 pages
—of the author's works.
The announcement of the pub-
lication by the Zionist Library
was made at a press conference
by Moshe Sharett, chairman of.
the Jewish Agency executive, and
Zvi Lurie, member of the Agency
executive. Editor of the three
volumes was Gershon Kessel.

Eichmann Trial Conduct
NEW YORK, (JTA)—A sur-

vey of American editorial opin-
ion on the Eichmann trial indi-
cates a "clear t'brisensus of ap-
proval" of Israel's conduct of
the proceedings.
The study was made by the
American je w i s'h Congress,
which measured attitudes on
the trial expressed by daily
newspapers and magazines of
general interest; the Catholic
and Protestant religious press;
Negro newspapers; labor union
and veterans' publications; and
what it described as "the lun-
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— THE DETRO IT JEWISH 'NEWS — Frid ay, July 21, 1961

Eichmann's Book 'Reconstructed Events

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