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Eichmann's Ghost

in The War Complex

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780226808550
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226808796 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226808796.003.0003
Eichmann's Ghost

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This chapter focuses on an event of the postwar period, the Eichmann trial. The trial of Adolf Eichmann was the first fully televised trial in history. It unrolled with microphones poised and cameras whirring, leaving taped and filmed records alongside printed transcripts. In Israel, “the proceedings could be heard on the public streets, for the radio voice emerged from every window.” In the United States, ABC broadcast weekly summaries. If one thinks of the trial as a media event—cameras rolling all the time—one comes close to capturing an essential part of its ambiance. Eichmann's trial formed a prototype of the modern “celebrity” trial. But his crime really was the crime of the century: “the slaughter of millions of European Jews.”

Keywords: Eichmann trial; Adolf Eichmann; televised trial; radio voice; crime; European Jews; celebrity trial

Chapter.  10876 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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