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Monday, April 11, 2011

Israel marks half-century since Eichmann trial

The State of Israel and Yad Vashem will on Monday open an exhibition and symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the trial of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann on April 11, 1961.

The Israeli cabinet on Sunday voted to commemorate the landmark trial, "in light of its national importance for the awareness of the Holocaust in Israel and around the world," a government's press release read.

Israeli intelligence service Mossad abducted Eichmann from Argentina in 1960, and brought him to Israel to stand trial for supervising the "Final Solution," the extermination of 6 million European Jews during World War II.

Found guilty on 15 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, he was hung and his remains cremated. An Israeli vessel dispersed his ashes outside Israel's territorial waters. Eichmann was the only person to have be executed by a civilian Israeli court.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed the event's significance on Sunday calling it "a turning point for the State of Israel and the Jewish people, when they began to seek out justice for their persecutors and said 'Never Again!'"

"With me here are 6 million accusers," will focus on visual aspects of the trial, based on the unique items found in Yad Vashem's collections, the National Archive and the National Photographic Collection.

Original footage of the trial will be on display, along with additional media, to allow visitors to get a sense of the trial as it transpired at its original venue in Jerusalem.

The symposium, "The Imprint of the Eichmann Trial: A Reassessment 50 Years Later," will feature historians and academics, authors and researchers, as well as judges, journalists, Holocaust survivors and prosecutors from the trial. Yad Vashem and National Archives have uploaded clips of the Eichmann trial to the YouTube video hosting site, the statement said.

New Exhibition Commemorates Eichmann's Trial

History Television - Nazi Hunters - Adolf Eichmann