Reznikoff's wife describes the poet's method for letting the facts of the survivor testimonies speaker for themselves: "Only the records of the Nuremberg Trial and of the Eichmann Trial
were to be his sources; nor would he allow himself any subjective outcry.
Meanwhile, in Israel, no one seemed to consider the issue relevant to the present and, consequently, there remained a huge void and complete critical silence, with the notable exception of David Perlov's poetic documentary In Thy Blood You Shall Live (1962), which was developed later into Memories of the Eichmann Trial
The topic, however, did not attract much attention until the time of the Eichmann trial
, when Israeli prosecutor Gideon Housner put numerous survivors on the witness stand to testify about 1933-1945 Nazi persecution and destruction of the Jews.
The logic of the Eichmann trial
, as Ben-Gurion conceived of it, with its stress on general issues to the detriment of legal niceties, would have demanded exposure of the complicity of all German offices and authorities in the Final Solution--of all civil servants in the state ministries, of the regular armed forces, with their General Staff, of the judiciary, of the business world.
Felman provides a different account of the productive theatricality of law in the case of the Eichmann trial
, celebrating the transformation of the court into a theatre.
Although the Arendt of this film is given several set pieces in which she speaks of the importance of thinking in its Heideggerian sense, it is in the final scene in which she defends her account of the Eichmann trial
to her colleagues where I became aware, again, of the impossibility of bracketing.
And the Crooked Shall Be Made Straight: The Eichmann Trial
, the Jewish Catastrophe, and Hannah Arendt's Narrative.
He covers hunchbacked theology, post-Freudian psychoanalysis, and historical materialism; Benjamin's theses, Celan's realignments, trauma, and the Eichmann trial
; Celan, Buchner, and the terrible voice of the meridian; Derrida, Celan, and the covenant of the word; Celan, Kafka, and the sound in the name; and Celan's poems for Eric.
Arendt had convinced New Yorker editor William Shawn to contract her to report on the Eichmann trial
Few people, even in academia, understood her single-minded philosopher's approach to reporting on and assessing the complexities she saw surrounding the Eichmann trial
. Arendt lashes out against her critics, many of whom were close friends, saying that character assassinations are not arguments, that "to understand is the responsibility of any person trying to put pen to paper on this subject" because "trying to understand is not the same as forgiveness."
According to the Daily Telegraph, Lipstadt, did "for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial
did for earlier generations." Lipstadt later chronicled the story of the trial in History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denim Her other books include The Eichmann Trial
and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust.
"If you examine the files of the German foreign office and the files of the Eichmann trial
in Jerusalem, you will not see a mention of a secret programme," he stated.
Hannah Arendt, a German-speaking legal expert, covered the 1961 Eichmann trial
. Her book reported objectively from the Jerusalem Courtroom, and she used American and German legal standards to judge Eichmann.