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Eichmann Cross-Examined in Jerusalem

July 7, 1961 - Adolf Eichmann, wilting under the first blast of cross-examination, admitted moral guilt today as an accomplice in the wartime annihilation of millions of Jews by the Nazis. But he insisted that legally he was innocent. He protested that he had been a soldier under orders and that the legal guilt lay with those who had given the orders. Deathly pale, swaying slightly in his bullet-proof glass cage, Eichmann replied, "Menschlich gesehen, ja" (From a human point of view, yes), when the prosecutor asked if he felt guilt in his heart. Attorney General Gideon Hausner (standing), an aggressive, old-style prosecutor, said he would pursue his cross-examination through all next week.


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