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Eichmann Trial Uploaded to YouTube

8 April 2011

Two new YouTube Channels have been launched containing the film track of the Eichmann Trial held by the Israel State Archives. The 50th anniversary of the opening of the Eichmann trial is on April 11, 2011. The channels - one with the original soundtrack, enhanced for better sound, in Hebrew, German and Yiddish, and the other with simultaneous English translation - are the result of intense cooperation between Yad Vashem and the Israel State Archives, in collaboration with Google.

In addition to the films, the channels will contain supplementary information about the trial, as well as explanations of the sessions in Hebrew and in English.

"Uploading this footage on the 50th anniversary of this landmark trial, gives a new generation the opportunity to view one of the most significant turning points in humanity’s attempt to grapple with the Holocaust, and see and hear the survivors’ testimony first hand,” said Avner Shalev, Yad Vashem Chairman.

Over 400 hours of video, available in high resolution – about one terabyte of data – have been uploaded to the two channels.

The channels are at:

English: http://www.youtube.com/EichmannTrialEN

Hebrew: http://www.youtube.com/EichmannTrial

“Making the testimonies of the survivors and the legal proceedings of the trial available online is part of Yad Vashem’s goal to make our vast collections accessible to the wider public through the Internet,” said Michael Lieber, CIO of Yad Vashem. “It also strengthens our commitment to work with other institutions that deal with Holocaust research and passing on its legacy to the next generations.”

"This is an important milestone in an ongoing effort to bring the world's historical and cultural heritage online, and making testimonials and historical video footage accessible to new audiences around the world", said Prof. Yossi Matias, head of Google R&D center in Israel.

In addition to the YouTube Channels, a special mini-site containing historical background, short video lectures, and a film entitled "A Living Record" can be accessed at www.yadvashem.org. Additional information is also available at the Israel State Archives at www.archives.gov.il.

On Monday, April 11, a new exhibition on the Eichmann trial, “With Me Here are Six Million Accusers: An Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Eichmann Trial” and a special Symposium “The Imprint of the Eichmann Trial: A Reassessment 50 Years Later” will take place at Yad Vashem. A media preview tour of the exhibition will take place on Sunday, April 10. RSVP required.