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Summations in Eichmann Trial Tomorrow, Former Nazi Likely to Face Death Penalty

Aug. 7, 1961 - Summations in the trial of Adolf Eichmann will begin tomorrow in Jerusalem. Attorney General Gideon Hausner will demand conviction on all 15 counts of the indictment against the former Nazi officer, who is accused of a major role in the wartime murder of millions of Jews and others. Nine of the counts carry the death penalty. According to a defense source, Eichmann is under no illusions about his chances for escaping the gallows. Eichmann admitted that he knew many of the Jewish men, women, and children he deported were going straight to the gas chambers of Auschwitz and other death camps. That alone would seem to make a death sentence inevitable under a 1950 Israeli law for the punishment of Nazis.

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