Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Eichmann Trial: 50 Years Later

As many of you know, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Israel. Eichmann, the chief architect of the deportation of the Jews, was found in Argentina by Mossad agents in 1960. He was captured and brought to Israel where he was tried and executed.

The proceedings captured worldwide attention, but more than that, it prompted a new openness; many Holocaust survivors felt able to talk about their experiences for the first time as the country and the world confronted this traumatic chapter.

However, there is still a lot to be discovered and written about the importance of this dramatic story. Historian Deborah Lipstadt's new book, The Eichmann Trial (Nextbook/Schocken), delves into the trial and the aftermath to shed new light on the nuances of the events of 1961. The Wall Street Journal calls the book a “thoughtfully researched and clearly written account of the courtroom proceedings and of the debates spurred by the trial.” Hear the author in her own words in a Tablet Magazine podcast.

The Eichmann Trial is available in the Pickman Museum Shop.

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