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United Nations and Israel mark 50 year anniversary of nazi Adolf Eichmann trial

United Nations and Israel mark 50 year anniversary of nazi Adolf Eichmann trial

Posted: Thursday, 19 April 2012, New York | Author: Department of Public Information

Friedel Stern, The Defendant Adolf Otto Eichmann, 1961. (Photo courtesy of Yad Vashem Archives, Jerusalem)   Public awareness about the horrors of the Holocaust reached a turning point around the globe 50 years ago with the trial in Jerusalem of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi mastermind behind the mass deportation and murder of millions of European Jews.

The United Nations will mark this historic trial and explore its impact on public consciousness and universal legal standards of justice and accountability through two events in April that are being held By the Department of Public Information in partnership with the State of Israel.

Visitors to an exhibit, “With Me Are Six Million Accusers: the Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem”, will be able to view original film footage and photographs from this trial, which riveted world attention as Holocaust survivors recounted their stories of suffering and torment to the judges.

The exhibit was produced by the museum division of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, and also includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and works of art.  International media coverage of the court hearings helped rivet the public’s attention 16 years after the end of the Holocaust.  The exhibit will be on view at the United Nations New York Headquarters from 19 April through 28 May 2012.

Photo courtesy of Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority   Four days later on 23 April, staff will be able to view a live webcast of a roundtable discussion on the impact of the Eichmann Trial that will take place in the ECOSOC chamber from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (New York time) at   . Panellists from Israel, the United States and London will explore the psychological, social and legal aspects of the trial.

The speakers will include Minister Yossi Peled of Israel, a Holocaust survivor and former Israeli general; Amos Hausner, an attorney and son of Gideon Hausner, the chief  prosecutor who tried Eichmann five decades ago; Mark S. Ellis, Executive Director of the International Bar Association in London; Deborah E. Lipstadt, a professor at Emory University in Atlanta and author of The Eichmann Trial; and Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, Nobel Laureate and United Nations Messenger of Peace who covered the trial for the newspaper The Forward in 1961. 

Ramu Damodaran, Deputy Director for Partnerships and Public Engagement, Outreach Division, United Nations Department of Public Information, will moderate the discussion.

Both events are being organized by
the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme   , which was established by General Assembly resolution 60/7 in 2005 to further education about and remembrance of the Holocaust to help prevent future acts of genocide.  Its multifaceted programme includes online and print educational products, seminars, a film series and the annual worldwide observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust each 27 January.