January 24 – The Eichmann Show
He was accused of organizing the murder of six million Jews, they made sure the world was watching as he was brought to justice.
7:00 p.m. Lewis and Shirley White Theatre at the Jewish Community Campus
History Screening of the Kansas City Jewish Film Festival
This is the extraordinary true story of how Eichmann’s trial came to be televised and the team that made it happen.This film is the behind-the-scenes story of groundbreaking producer Milton Fruchtman (Martin Freemna) and blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz (Anthony LaPaglia), who, overcoming enormous obstacles, set out to capture the testimony of one of the war’s most notorious Nazis, Adolf Eichmann.
Running Time: 90 minutes, English
Why the Eichmann Trial?
After the end of the Second World War, Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the “Final Solution” escaped from Allied controlled Europe to the safety of South America. Here, he lived in Argentina under the name Ricardo Klement until his arrest by Israeli Security Services in May of 1960. They returned Eichmann to Jerusalem to stand trial. For the next 11 months two teams of researchers, lawyers, and secretaries tirelessly worked to build the case against Eichmann.
The Eichmann Trial, which lasted from April to August 1961, was of international importance and marked a turning point in Holocaust history. The trial featured testimony of numerous survivors and publicly validated their experiences. This trial renewed interest in the Holocaust and shifted the focus from the perpetrators to the survivors. Though there had been many war crimes trials in the immediate postwar years, these trials pre-dated televised news. The Eichmann trial was significant because Eichmann was such a high-ranking official and because coverage of the trial was broadcast into the living rooms of people all over the world. The power of television brought details and images of the Holocaust to the public as they had never before seen.
For his crimes, Eichmann was found guilty and sentenced to death. He was executed by hanging. His body was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea beyond Israel’s national waters. The execution of Adolf Eichmann remains the only time that Israel has enacted a death sentence.