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New Exhibition and Research Symposium at Yad Vashem Mark 50 years since the Eichmann Trial, April 11, 2011

5 April 2011

Marking 50 years since the Eichmann trial, an exhibition on the trial, will open in the Yad Vashem auditorium foyer on April 11, 2011, during a special symposium commemorating the trial.

The exhibition, With Me Here Are Six Million Accusers: An Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Eichmann Trial, produced by Yad Vashem’s Museums Division, focuses on visual aspects of the event, based on the unique items found in Yad Vashem’s collections, the National Archive, and the National Photographic Collection: documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, artifacts and works of art. On display is original footage from the filming of the trial, and various additional media productions, to allow visitors to get a sense of the trial as it occurred in the historic Beit Ha’am. The exhibition's chapters present Eichmann as the Nazi officer turned hangman, Eichmann the fugitive criminal hiding in Argentina, and then - the core of the exhibition - Eichmann the accused in the glass booth in Jerusalem. The design element of the exhibition stresses the "court case nature" of its chapters: the case files of Eichmann’s responsibility, of the Mossad’s tracking of Eichmann, of Police Unit 06, of the court case and of the trial coverage. The last chapter of the exhibition sheds light on the impact and insights of the trial, as a result of which Israeli society and the international community were transformed with regard to their attitude towards the survivors and the Shoah.

A special media preview of the Exhibition, with curator Yehudit Shendar, will be held on April 10, 2011 at 10:00. RSVP required: 02 644 3410.

The Symposium, “The Imprint of the Eichmann Trial: A Reassessment 50 Years Later” held by Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research, together with Yad Ben Zvi, features renowned historians and academics, authors and researchers, judges, journalists, Holocaust survivors and prosecutors from the trial, and Adv. Tami Raveh the daughter of prosecutor Gideon Hausner, will take place on April 11, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. The program will take place in the Yad Vashem Auditorium in Hebrew. The Symposium will consist of four sessions devoted to different topics: historical aspects of the trial; the effect of the trial on legal thought; Holocaust survivors and their place in Israeli society; and the influence of the trial on Israeli culture. The full program (in Hebrew) is here.