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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission


The Eichmann Trial – 60 years on

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Calendar   Speaking Engagements
Location YouTube
Date Sun, Apr 18, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Duration   1h

Sixty years after the Eichmann Trial, a leading panel will discuss this historic event and its effect on public awareness of the Holocaust.

The AJR in partnership with 3GNY and ANU, Museum of the Jewish People, bring together a leading panel of experts - Tamar Hausner-Raveh, Eli Rosenbaum, Avner Avraham and Shula Bahat - to discuss the landmark Eichmann trial, on its 60th anniversary. The panel will be chaired by James Libson.

Adolf Eichmann played a pivotal role in the implementation of the Final Solution. Charged with managing and facilitating the mass deportation of Jews to ghettos and killing centers in the German-occupied East, he was among the major organizers of the Holocaust. Following his stunning abduction by the Mossad in Argentina on 11 May 1960, Eichmann's trial in Jerusalem in 1961 sparked international interest and heightened public awareness of the crimes of the Holocaust.

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Tamar Hausner-Raveh is the daughter of the Chief Prosecutor of the Eichmann trial, Gideon Hausner. Tamar witnessed the preparation for the trial from a unique perspective as her father interviewed the survivors at their home. Some of the survivors that her father wanted to bring as witnesses, were reluctant to open up and talk, saying that even their family members did not believe the extent of their sufferings. Tamar heard the stories from Kazetnik and Rivka Yosselevska and others, behind the closed doors of her home. Tamar said, "It left an indenting impression on me. Later on, during and after the trial, our home became like a refuge for survivors, who saw in my father their voice and representative."

Eli Rosenbaum is the longest-serving prosecutor and investigator of Nazi criminals and other perpetrators of human rights violations in world history, having worked on these cases at the U.S. Department of Justice for nearly 40 years. He served from 1994 to 2010 as Director of the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations (OSI), where he had previously served as a trial attorney and then as Deputy Director. Since 2010, Eli has served as Director of Human Rights Enforcement Strategy and Policy in the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP), a new unit that was created that year when OSI was merged with another component of the Criminal Division. Under Rosenbaum’s leadership, the U.S. Justice Department program has won more World War II Nazi cases over the past 30 years than have the law enforcement authorities of all the other countries of the world combined (Washington Post, Jan. 26, 2020); the most recent such victory was the February 2021 deportation to Germany of a former Nazi concentration camp guard.

Avner Avraham is a renowned expert on Mossad operations who famously worked to reveal and publicize the insider story of the historic capture of Eichmann. While working as a Mossad agent, Avraham discovered the original documents surrounding Eichmann's capture and trial, and, moved to share his findings with a wider audience, curated the world-famous and headline-making museum exhibition Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann and produced an accompanying documentary. With the story, now the subject of a major motion picture – for which Avraham served as a key consultant, Avraham is a key speaker for his fascinating insights into this chapter of Jewish history.

Shula Bahat is CEO of ANU Museum of the Jewish People (Beit Hatfutsot) in America and has worked to adapt the Operation Finale exhibition to best fit the American audience, enabling a wide audience to understand the uniqueness and importance of the capture and trial of Eichmann.

James Libson is Managing Partner at Mishcon de Reya solicitors who acted for Deborah Lipstadt in her defense against David Irving and for the Jewish Labour Movement in its referral of the Labour Party to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. He also acted for the anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller in her Supreme Court challenges.

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