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Eichmann Convicted in Jerusalem

Dec. 10, 1961 - Adolf Eichmann was convicted in a Jerusalem court this morning of crimes against the Jewish people, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and membership in hostile Nazi organizations. The former Nazi colonel faces death by hanging. A few minutes after the court opened, Presiding Judge Moshe Landau coldly ordered Eichmann to the stand. “The court finds you guilty,” Judge Landau said. He then ordered the prisoner to be seated while he began reading the massive 200-page judgment. Eichmann sat stiffly in his chair, showing no emotion. Judge Landau read the judgment in Hebrew, which was translated simultaneously into German for the defendant. Anything short of a sentence of death seems highly improbable under the Israeli law for the punishment of Nazis and Nazi collaborators.

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