Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, has opened two new YouTube channels showing the video documentation of the Eichmann trial to mark its 50th anniversary, one with a simultaneous English-language translation. The channels are a cooperative effort between Yad Vashem, The Israel State Archives, and Google. The Eichmann Trial Channel contains over 200 hours of trial sessions and a compilation of testimonies. Yad Vashem also created a website about the trial with featured documents, testimony, photos and articles about the trial.
Eichmann, who was captured by Israeli agents in Argentina in 1960, was brought to Israel and put on trial on April 11, 1961 for his central role in the genocide of some six million Jews. Eight months later he was sentenced to death, and was hanged in May 1962.
"Uploading this footage on the 50th anniversary of this landmark trial, gives a new generation the opportunity to view one of the most significant turning points in humanity's attempt to grapple with the Holocaust," said Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev.
The footage, which is being shown on separate YouTube channels -- one in the original Hebrew, German and Yiddish, and a second dubbed into English - would give people a rare opportunity "to see and hear the survivors' testimony first hand," Shalev said.