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Eichmann, Adolf (1906-1962): Trial transcripts and other papers


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 621

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Eichmann, Adolf (1906-1962): Trial transcripts and other papers

Date(s): 1940-1962

Level of description: Collection level

Extent: 4 boxes

Name of creator(s): Institute of Jewish Affairs xx Institute for Jewish Policy Research District Court, Jerusalem


Administrative/Biographical history:

In May 1960 Adolf Eichmann was kidnapped in Argentina by Israeli agents and handed over to the police authorities in Israel. The police investigation was put into the hands of a special unit (Bureau 6) which took 9 months to complete its task. The resulting indictment comprised 15 counts of crimes against the Jewish people, crimes against humanity, war crimes and membership of a hostile organisation.

The trial commenced on 10 April 1961 and Eichmann pleaded not guilty on all counts. Supported by more than 100 witnesses and 1600 documents the prosecution presented its case. The defence made no attempt to challenge the facts of the Holocaust or the authenticity of the documents that were evidence of it. The defence played down Eichmann's involvement and stressed the need to obey orders. The court found Eichmann guilty on all counts and sentenced him to death on 15 December 1961. Eichmann's lawyers lodged an appeal against the verdict and on 29 May 1962 the Israel Supreme Court rejected the appeal. Eichmann was executed on 31 May 1962.


Scope and content/abstract:

The trial transcripts and other papers of Adolf Eichmann, (1906-1962), comprises copy transcripts of the trial proceedings, 1961 (621/1) copy transcripts of the Eichmann appeal proceedings, 1962 (621/2); copy transcriptions and translations of documents which issued mainly from the Nuremberg War Crimes trial, c 1940 (621/3/1-14), these notably include many affidavits from witnesses and correspondence to and from Eichmann. The collection includes additional copies of proceedings and trial judgements, 1961-1962 (621/4-5).


Language/scripts of material: English, Hebrew and German.

System of arrangement:

By provenance, date, country

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue



Archival history:

The provenance of the papers relating to Adolf Eichmann's trial (621/1-2 and 621/4-5) is unknown. The copies, translations and transcriptions of mainly Nuremberg documents which are evidence of Eichmann's involvement in the extermination of European Jewry at 621/3 were deposited by the Institute of Jewish Affairs (now the Institute for Jewish Policy Research).

Immediate source of acquisition:

Institute of Jewish Affairs (now the Institute for Jewish Policy Research)


Existence and location of originals:

Israel State Archives

Related material:

Publication note:


Archivist's note: Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, Macmillan, London, 1990

Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2007

Third Reich | Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines
War crimes | Humanitarian law
Administration of justice

Personal names
Eichmann | Adolf | 1906-1962 | Nazi war criminal

Corporate names

Nuremberg | Germany | Western Europe | Europe