Eichmann in Jerusalem—and in West Germany: Eichmann Trial Witnesses and the West German Prosecution of Operation Reinhard Crimes, 1958–1966
Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School
Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review
The trial of Adolf Eichmann fifty years ago was a landmark in several respects. It marked not only the prosecution of an important génocidaire who had placed his energies and talents in the service of the Final Solution, but also furnished the survivors and the families of the victims a world stage from which to tell their personal stories of persecution at the Nazis’ hands. In contrast with the Nuremberg war crimes trial, which, in preferring documentary evidence to personal testimony, had deemphasized the singularity of the Holocaust, the Eichmann trial restored the voices of Jewish victims directly affected by Eichmann’s actions. In the decades since the Eichmann trial many scholars have observed these historic aspects.1 One feature of the Eichmann trial that has received less attention from scholars is its impact on West German prosecutions of Holocaust crimes.